Fall in students at top universities
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’.