Sep 19, 2012 18:00 BST The National Union of Students (NUS) today (Wednesday) responded to a new party political broadcast by Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg*, in which he apologised for signing NUS’ pledge on tuition fees prior to the 2010 general election**.
NO EVIDENCE THAT STUDENTS HAVE MORE CHOICE, SAYS NUSAug 16, 2012 11:45 BST
There is no evidence to suggest that more students than ever will be accepted to their first choice university, despite claims by Universities Minister David Willetts in today’s Guardian newspaper*.
Changes to the system mean that universities can recruit unlimited numbers of students that achieve AAB grades or higher at A-Level. However, there is no evidence to suggest this will have any impact on student choice.
Statistics from UCAS, published this morning showed that as of midnight 357,915 applicants had been accepted into a university or college, compared with 384,649 last year, a fall of 6.95 per cent.**
Rachel Wenstone, NUS Vice-President, said:
“David Willetts has provided absolutely no evidence to suggest that his reforms will create more choice for students. In fact overall fewer applicants than last year have had their places confirmed, and as a result of minister's tinkering with student number controls many now face an anxious wait."
“No amount of wishing on the minister’s part will stop thousands of students having their choice of course restricted by a squeeze on numbers, the removal of almost all undergraduate teaching funding, and massive loans that encourage them to make decisions based on finances rather than ambition or ability.”
“The hundreds of thousands of students who have received their A-level results today should be unreservedly congratulated for their hard work but Ministers have not made their lives any easier."