U.K. Universities reject the allegations of favoring foreign students

Cardiff Business School

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Cardiff Business SchoolU.K. universities have denied the claims that bright local students are being displaced by potentially more lucrative overseas students with lower grades.

The universities say U.K. institutions are recruiting the maximum number of home students as permitted by the government.

Nicola Dandridge, Universities of U.K.’s chief executive, said: “International students do not, and cannot, displace home student places. UK student places are capped by government. Universities recruit UK students up to those caps. If they exceed their allocation of home students they are fined. Recruitment of international students operates entirely outside these domestic limits.”

According to a report, students from China are being offered admission at U.K. universities despite possessing lower A-level grades.

Foreign students that reside outside the EU can be charged unlimited fees by universities. From this autumn, students living in England also have to pay fees up to £9,000.

Staff at an agency representing more than 20 British universities in China, secretly filmed saying it could help out a student to study accounting or economics at Cardiff Business School with three Cs at A level. While, the normal entry requirement to university is AAB. They have also told the undercover student that he would be able to study business at the University of Sussex.

A spokeswoman for Cardiff University has said: “The alleged practices by the agency Golden Arrow misrepresent the university’s robust admission procedures. Agents do not make admissions decisions. All decisions on eligibility for courses at Cardiff are taken by the university itself.”

Sussex has responded that it made “no C, C, C offers whatsoever”.

No limits have been put on the number of non-EU students that universities can recruit.

Universities have claimed that they are investigating the claims, but insist that they aim to recruit the brightest students.

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