Times, Apr. 2nd 2001, p. 1+4
Oxford and Cambridge Universities are still failing to attract applicants from state schools due to their reputation for social elitism, the perceived cost of college life and a desire among young people to stay close to home.
Education and Employment Committee
London: TSO, 2001 (House of Commons papers. Session 2000/01; HC 124)
Warns that the government may need to rethink its plans about expanding the numbers of people entering higher education amid fears about funding and debt which could lead to new students failing to complete their courses. Recommends that the earnings threshold at which graduates have to start paying back student loans should be raised substantially. Also proposes that universities should work towards "mutual recognition" of first year modules to allow portability and that academic salaries should be raised to attract high quality staff for teaching and research.