Universities fear imminent student drought

Saturday, March 22nd, 2008


The number of school leavers is expected to plummet over the next 10 years, leaving 70,000 university places unfilled – the equivalent of nearly six universities.

Universities will have to compete harder, target more mature students and those from outside the EU to fill seats in lecture halls as a historic dip in the birth rate translates into fewer student numbers, vice-chancellors said.

Or as some would have it: Head, meet sand.

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