Something New

A blog post about something new in Education law that affects us.
Proposals to create extra university places in England have prompted angry accusations of creating unfair chances for wealthy students.

The government is looking at creating extra places without public funding.

They want businesses and charities to sponsor places – but students and lecturers say this could make a backdoor for rich students.

Universities Minister David Willetts said there was “no question of wealthy students being able to buy a place”.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister David Cameron said social mobility would be improved “if we could increase the total number of university places”.

This could mean allowing businesses and philanthropists to sponsor extra places – but there has been uncertainty about whether this would also be a route open to students who could fund their own places.