The HE Bite: 25th August – which University offered a place to a Clearing student via Snapchat?
After the madness of A Level Results Day, we took a tiny break from the HE Bite; but don’t worry, we are back with a vengeance. Here’s what’s been happening in the world of Higher Education over the past week.
Clearing 2017: a buyer’s market for incoming Students?
As predicted by sector stakeholders, the overall number of acceptances to British universities has decreased. The decrease, among students in the 19+ range, is particularly telling of mature student motivations. As reported in the previous update, Clearing this year saw increased competitiveness among universities and rumors of their decreased selectivity.
The Guardian reports that this was a sector wide trend – which penetrated the Russell group institutions; most notably Liverpool, who offered 100 places through Clearing. A more unconventional Clearing decision came from Staffordshire University, who offered a student a place via Snapchat.
UCAS reports a fall of nearly 13% compared with 2016 – increasing the pressure on universities who still have courses to fill.
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Stay tuned for the National Clearing Survey 2017!
Our annual National Clearing Survey is live! We can’t wait to unpack sector data and trends to give our university partners the best understanding on institution behavior, sector trends, and student motivations in the 2017 Clearing cycle.
The politics of data: Theresa May under fire
Two weeks ago, we covered the possibility that the Office of National Statistics Data on international student mobility is flawed. Yesterday, Theresa May faced challenges by Conservatives, and opposition politicians, who called on her to stop counting foreign students toward the government’s immigration target. The reason? New data from the Office of National Statistics indicates that previous figures are indeed an exaggerated number.
Data factoring in recently created checks at British borders indicates that only 4,600 overstayed their visa last year. The Government had previously estimated 100,000.
Click here to read more about the fallout.
Why does this matter to you?
Pressure to clamp down on inbound mobility might have impacted the number of EU students entering the United Kingdom, as per UCAS. The sector relies on international students, so it is important that we have a holistic understanding of the data that is being used to influence public debate and opinion.
Will African Transnational Education embrace distance learning?
The UK HE sector is experiencing a decrease in students from Africa (driven by an 11% decrease in students from Nigeria), due to austerity measures, domestic instability, and visa regulations. However, given the increasing market of university age Nigerian students, with unmet domestic demand, the possibility of distance learning is an interesting one for the UK’s HE sector and its international partners.
Click here to read more about the questions of legitimacy that plague online learning in Africa.
Why does this matter to you?
Despite rapid decrease in recent years, Nigerian students remain in the list of top 10 non-EU international students in the UK. It is important to be kept abreast of changes in Nigeria’s shifting HE landscape. Our sector needs to understand factors which may contribute to the number of Nigerian students coming to the UK to study, particularly as distance learning becomes a more acceptable form of education internationally.