Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'Unreasonable' Rules Make Regent's Reluctant to Compete for State Loans

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

'Unreasonable' Rules Make Regent's Reluctant to Compete for State Loans

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Head criticises plan to cap undergraduate numbers for private access to SLC funds. John Morgan writes.

The government wants private providers to compete head to head with universities over the recruitment of high-grade students, it has emerged.

The plans are part of a proposed system for private providers that would require them to come under the same student number controls as universities if their students were to continue to receive taxpayer-backed loans.

However, the proposal has been criticised by Aldwyn Cooper, principal of Regent's College, a not-for-profit charitable institution that is expected to be granted university status in the new year.

He said it may not wish to take part in the system and called elements of the government's plans "completely unreasonable".

He also predicted that bringing private providers under the caps on undergraduate numbers - which are needed to control public spending - would mean "you are going to have to take numbers away from the state- funded sector: there is nowhere else for them to come from".

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is consulting on plans to apply student number controls for 2013-14 to private providers whose students receive taxpayer-backed funding from the Student Loans Company.

BIS says in the consultation that once its policy to allow unlimited recruitment of A-level students with grades of ABB or above goes ahead in 2013-14, private providers would need to "separately identify" how many such students they had.

However, BIS says that alternative providers may be allowed "to benefit from the high grades policy, enabling the recruitment of unrestricted numbers of high grade students". …

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