Not necessarily. Sometimes, if you have a great PS and reference they'll accept you with lower grades. Or relevant work experience, lots of enthusiasm, that kind of thing!
They've still got to get the grades!
I was under the impression that although UK students themselves pay less, the rest of the fees are paid by the goverment...
If thats right then the money the university gets in total from an international student wont differ greatly from a UK student.
Your line of thinking doesn't work out. UK and EU students pay less because their education is subsidised by the UK government. International Students pay much more for the education, supposedly the real price of a 3 year education. Since the UK student's education is subsidised, the government can restrict the admissions process and stipulate certain quotas. Unis like int'l students since the student is obviously paying the true price and subsequently the uni probably has much more freedom in allocating funds generated by overseas students.
If only the UK government played a smaller, yet still important role in higher education. There was a great article in the Economist a couple months ago.
Maybe he got the offers because he's generally very good at the subject he wants to study?
I don't think it's fair of people on here to start accusing universities of handing out offers just because they want money. Grades really aren't everything and a lot of the time they are probably not representative of someone's true ability. If you have straight A grades and the personality of a wet fish then you're not going to get very far. I wish some people would stop acting so pompous and actually realise this!