Critics question motives behind drop in entry requirements
Given the elitist reputation of these top-ranking universities, a conscious effort to widen access to more students from poorer backgrounds might be welcomed – but some academics have labelled it a “cynical” move set up to steal students from hard-up universities further down the rankings.
“It’s just hollow PR and does not represent the Russell Group’s real motivations,” says one senior manager and professor at a post-92 institution former polytechnic. “Is it a coincidence that suddenly the Russell Group wants to adopt a ‘let the peasants in’ approach the same year they lose billions from international student fees? The reason they are doing this is purely financial; to dress it up as anything else is just mendacious.”
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