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https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a...aces-qw7js88j5


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  • Prospective students has fallen by 3%, while Unis have expanded.
  • Westminster Uni was offering clearing scholarships over the 3 years worth £4500 exclusively for clearing students
  • Bedfordshire was offering a £1500 bursary for all, with students achieving a BBC getting £2400
  • Roehampton is offering £3000 for academic excellence, sports and Esports.
  • Aberwysmith are offering guaranteed accommodation and £2000 scholarships

Critics have said it will entice students, in particular poorer ones, into the wrong decision . With a former head of UCAS question whether this is a marketing tactic or a proper use of public funds.
While Tom Richmond, head of a think tank claimed that it’s the Unis prioritising what’s best from them rather than their students.


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Yet another symptom of a marketised HE sector. If people don't want this to happen then lobby the government to change things back to how they were. Direct state funding of universities and greater control over policy and practice at each institution.

I don't disagree with this tactic because the institution has a right to do what they legally can to get students.
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Why have you tagged these 2?
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(Original post by Andrew97)
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a...aces-qw7js88j5


For those who don’t have a times subscription, here are the main points from the article.

  • Prospective students has fallen by 3%, while Unis have expanded.
  • Westminster Uni was offering clearing scholarships over the 3 years worth £4500 exclusively for clearing students
  • Bedfordshire was offering a £1500 bursary for all, with students achieving a BBC getting £2400
  • Roehampton is offering £3000 for academic excellence, sports and Esports.
  • Aberwysmith are offering guaranteed accommodation and £2000 scholarships


Critics have said it will entice students, in particular poorer ones, into the wrong decision . With a former head of UCAS question whether this is a marketing tactic or a proper use of public funds.
While Tom Richmond, head of a think tank claimed that it’s the Unis prioritising what’s best from them rather than their students.


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(Original post by Andrew97)
Why have you tagged these 2?
Because it's interesting... some universities have been offering these kinds of bursaries fora while but perhaps it is now becoming more common? :beard:
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£4500, nice bait and they know it. Although bursaries exist with all universities.
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(Original post by Andrew97)
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/a...aces-qw7js88j5


For those who don’t have a times subscription, here are the main points from the article.

  • Prospective students has fallen by 3%, while Unis have expanded.
  • Westminster Uni was offering clearing scholarships over the 3 years worth £4500 exclusively for clearing students
  • Bedfordshire was offering a £1500 bursary for all, with students achieving a BBC getting £2400
  • Roehampton is offering £3000 for academic excellence, sports and Esports.
  • Aberwysmith are offering guaranteed accommodation and £2000 scholarships

Critics have said it will entice students, in particular poorer ones, into the wrong decision . With a former head of UCAS question whether this is a marketing tactic or a proper use of public funds.
While Tom Richmond, head of a think tank claimed that it’s the Unis prioritising what’s best from them rather than their students.


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I'm curious as to what scholarships are available for those who have gotten into Westminster, not through Clearing. Because surely they will feel cheated if they achieved the grades and yet aren't getting any 'reward' for this.
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Why have you tagged these 2?
Because they were work for TSR and might want to be aware of this.
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I'm curious as to what scholarships are available for those who have gotten into Westminster, not through Clearing. Because surely they will feel cheated if they achieved the grades and yet aren't getting any 'reward' for this.
The article misrepresents what Westminster were doing. There are 40 clearing scholarships dependent on interview for clearing applicants who exceeded the published minimum clearing offers by at least 1 grade.

Of course they are a bribe to attract better candidates who might otherwise go elsewhere, but aren’t all scholarships?
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