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University black hole exposed as applicants surge

Source: Times Online Posted By: jenny J...4581 days ago

Tens of thousands of capable students are set to miss out on university places this year after a late surge in applications exposed the financial black hole in higher education.

Emergency talks are under way to plug the gap with Lord Mandelson, the Skills Secretary, asking the Treasury for emergency funding for 10,000 extra places.

Ucas, the university admissions service, said today that record numbers had applied to British universities – a rise of 9.7 per cent on last year – as the recession....

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