Fall in stu­dents at top uni­ver­si­ties

Daily Mail - - Life -

THREE elite uni­ver­si­ties have seen sig­nif­i­cant de­creases in stu­dent num­bers over three years.

Fig­ures re­veal that Southamp­ton saw the big­gest re­duc­tion of 29 per cent from 2015 to 2018 fol­lowed by Sh­effield (10.8 per cent) and Manch­ester (9.7 per cent). They are all rus­sell Group uni­ver­si­ties which have the high­est en­try stan­dards.

The sta­tis­tics, pub­lished by Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, showed Ex­eter in­creased stu­dents by 16 per cent. Southamp­ton in­sisted its re­duc­tion was on pur­pose to ‘raise qual­ity’ while Sh­effield said it wanted to re­duce num­bers to ‘main­tain rig­or­ous stan­dards’. Manch­ester blamed Brexit and a ‘change in de­mo­graph­ics’.

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