Universities deny favouring overseas selection

Universities in the United Kingdom have rejected claims that home students are being displaced by potentially more lucrative overseas students with lower grades, reports the BBC. Universities UK said institutions are recruiting the maximum number of home students allowed by government.

A report in the Daily Telegraph claims that students from China are being offered places at UK universities despite having lower A-level grades. Students from outside the European Union can be charged unlimited fees by universities. From this autumn, students living in England face fees of up to £9,000 (US$14,000). Universities mentioned in the report said they are investigating the claims, but insisted that they aim to recruit the brightest students.

Telegraph reporters filmed staff at an agency in China saying it could help a student get into certain UK universities with three C or B grades at A-level – below the entry requirement for most leading UK institutions. It said the agency represented more than 20 British universities.
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