05 Feb 2019
Establishing a number cap by introducing a minimum entry tariff will have a deeply harmful effect on the UK higher education sector and prospective students.
Steps to introduce minimum tariff thresholds would cut off some socially disadvantaged students from access to a phase of education that is associated with narrowing attainment gaps.
A minimum entry tariff could have perverse consequences on other stated objectives of the Office for Students (OfS) or the government, by reducing universities’ capacity to recruit students from low-participation areas in the country.
If a minimum entry tariff was introduced, it could have a harmful impact on the accessibility of university study for mature students.