How do students decide what and where to study?

24 November 2017

The Economic Affairs Committee asks four universities about the effect of institutional prestige on student choice, the decline in the number of international students and the transparency of university funding.


Tuesday 28 November in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 3.35pm

  • Professor Julia Buckingham, Vice-Chancellor and President, Brunel University
  • Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield University
  • Professor Graham Virgo QC, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Cambridge University
  • Professor James Stirling, Provost, Imperial College London

Likely questions

  • The University of Cambridge's written evidence stated that all their home students are subsidised regardless of the subject studied. To what extent do classroom-based subjects cross-subsidise more expensive courses? 
  • In her oral evidence, Student Room's Hannah Morrish said that students were "drowning in information and starving for wisdom". How well informed are prospective students? Is the Teaching Excellence Framework helpful? 
  • In his evidence, Open University's Peter Horrocks said that "People regularly refer to 18-year olds, but if you look at the entirety of the potential students, the number of students from disadvantaged areas has fallen." Have the 2012 reforms to higher education increased social mobility? 
  • Has the current system been designed with too much emphasis on students being young and full-time? 
  • What are the pros and cons of a combined funding system for higher and further education and how could this be achieved?

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