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“Students must not sell themselves short with ‘cut-price’ university deals”

Top students may be offered cash incentives to go to middle-ranking universities – damaging the prospects of the less well-off. (Comment: Really like University isnt a big risk in it’s self thesedays)

Just when you thought higher education had suffered enough damage, here comes another blow. Middle-ranking universities have revealed that they may offer A-level students with grades AAB or higher “cut-price deals” in order to compensate for the predicted drop in university applicants due to higher fees. This sadly does not come as a surprise. The latest ploy will have many negative repercussions; the greatest being that it will leave the students from low-income families worse off. (Comment: I agree if your not ranked up there dont bother going, look abroad mate.)

The 2009-10 figures indicate that around 56,000 students gained A-level grades of AAB or higher – the government is forecasting that this will rise to 65,000 in 2012-11. Around two thirds of these students went to private school. If a parent has paid for their child’s education for most of their life, why on Earth would they jeopardise that for a cash reduction?

For over-achieving students from low-income families such a reduction may at first seem a godsend. They will get to go to university, but save around six grand on their loans – a great prospect, especially when you’re not guaranteed a job at the end of your degree.

Proponents of such measures may also add that cash incentives could have long-term benefits for universities. By enticing over-achievers, they may increase middle-ranging universities’ chances of climbing up the league tables – providing welcome competition for those on top.

And yet, both students and universities will ultimately lose out under such schemes. Students who take up incentives may not have the reputation of their university to give their CVs an additional boost when applying for graduate jobs. What is most likely to happen is that these students will get caught in the masses of other graduates who went to middle-ranking universities. And, in the long run, it will prevent students from excelling to higher positions in certain industries, as they haven’t gained a degree from an elite university.

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Comment: This shows you, any university out of the well known top ten, isn’t worth anything where the jobs are.

  • Oxford
  • Camebridge
  • LSE
  • UCL
  • Imperial

And you still have to be really good with connections and study or study something worthwhile (nowadays)

You might fet away with maybe!!!:

  • City
  • Queen Mary
  • St Andrews
  • Bristol
  • Durham,
  • Warrick

And a few others:

Usually heavily funded govenrment backed Uni’s like East Anglia. (Where they have a large reaserch department).

and some other science based university or universities renouned in their field.

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