Top universities reserve places for rich foreign students

Leading universities set aside hundreds of exclusive clearing places for overseas students who can boost their coffers with fees of up to £20,000 (US$31,200) a year, writes Eleanor Harding for The Daily Mail.

This is despite the fact that admissions departments were expected to be inundated with calls from sixth-formers who did not get their expected grades when A-level results were released on Thursday last week. Around 150,000 applicants were expected to enter the clearing process this year, but research by the Daily Mail suggests Birmingham, Edinburgh and Glasgow are among the Russell Group universities offering some places to non-UK students only.

The revelation raises questions about why universities that can take extra students are making distinctions between home and international applicants. Alan Smithers, an education expert at the University of Buckingham, said: “Fundamentally, universities are businesses and they have to balance the books.”
Full report on the Daily Mail site