The government’s white paper: “Students at the Heart of the System” is now almost three months old. The consultation has closed, but work continues to assess the impact of its core proposals on student numbers, the Guardian UK reports. These were two: to allow universities to recruit students with entry qualifications at AAB and above [AAB+] without restraint, and to redistribute a “flexible margin” of 20,000 places, top-sliced from all institutions, to those universities with an average net fee no higher than £7,500. Recruitment at ABB and below remains controlled. A more accurate title for the white paper might have been “Student Choice at the Heart of System.”

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