Issue date: 05 December 2013
UWE Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West has welcomed the Government decision to lift the cap on student numbers announced today in Autumn Statement 2013.
Professor West, who is also the Chair of the University Alliance (UA) said, “The Government have accepted the UA position that we need more graduates. We welcome this move and support the ambition and vision which recognises the UK needs more graduates to be able to compete and grow in a global knowledge economy.”
The report claims that by removing the cap on higher education student numbers an estimated 60,000 more young people will be able go to university every year. The government will remove the cap on student numbers at publicly-funded higher education institutions in England by 2015 16.
For 2014-15, the government will significantly increase the cap for HEFCE funded institutions by 30,000, allowing those institutions that want to begin expanding straight away to do so, and encouraging competition. To ensure that institutions provide places in the subjects most needed in the economy, the government will provide extra funding for STEM students of £50 million per academic year from 2015-16.
Professor West echoes the report saying that “freeing higher education institutions from number controls will help improve quality in the sector and allow institutions who face strong demand to expand.”