• Wed. Feb 28th, 2024

The Russell Group scandal: what’s going on?

ByEllen Breen

Feb 7, 2024
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The Sunday Times has released a report which shows that UK universities are enrolling international students for lower grades and more money.

The report found 15 top Russell Group universities to be guilty of the transgression.

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A representative from Nottingham, Exeter, York and Durham universities said “if you can take the lift, why go through the hardest route.”

Universities have denied claims made by the Sunday Times that international students, who pay higher fees, are eating into spaces reserved for British Students. 

University leaders refuted the Sunday Times’ claims as “unfairly” ignoring both the increasing number of UK students enrolling into Russell Group Universities and the different entry requirements between non-degree courses and undergraduate ones.   

Robert Halfron, the higher education minister, has commented on how “disturbed” he is by the recent findings. 

The Department for Education is now investigating cases where international students have been recruited through bad practice. 

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