HEPI have published a timely report today on supply and demand following on from previous annual publications on the same topic. This year’s considers the extend of likely unmet demand in the future and highlights the previous educaticational profile of students entering HE. More than one third of which have no UCAS tariff points. “The government has announced that 10,000 entrant places will be cut in 2012. Unless these are reinstated, and a substantial number of additional places provided, there could be as many as nearly 100,000 disappointed applicants in 2020 – over 20 percent of the number of applicants to UCAS in 2010.” Combined with the raising of the statutory age to stay in education and training, the report predicts that expectations will be raised to an extent that we are heading for disaster.
I hope someone in BIS towers is giving this report a proper read, in a quiet room.
HEPI as per usual has published the full report along with the technical annex and all other supporting documents on their website here.