Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

England Urged to Learn Lessons of Lifting Cap

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

England Urged to Learn Lessons of Lifting Cap

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Australia's government consistently underestimated the cost of removing its undergraduate numbers cap, according to a new report aimed at highlighting the lessons that England might learn from Australia's experience.

The report, Unleashing Student Demand by Ending Number Controls in Australia: An Incomplete Experiment?, has been written for the Higher Education Policy Institute by Andrew Norton, programme director in higher education at Melbourne's Grattan Institute thinktank, who recently co-chaired a review of the demand-driven system for the Australian government.

Last December, George Osborne, the UK's chancellor, announced that the undergraduate numbers cap in England would be removed from 2015-16. Mr Osborne said that this would be paid for by the sale of the student loan book, but government sources have since downplayed the link and Vince Cable, the business secretary, said last month that he had scrapped the sale since it would not help government finances.

Mr Osborne estimated that student numbers would rise by 60,000 a year in an uncapped system and, according to the Business, Innovation and Skills committee, the cost of expansion until 2018-19 is currently estimated at £5.5 billion.

Australia's numbers cap was fully removed in 2012, but the relaxation of quotas began in 2009 and enrolments grew by 132,000, or 25 per cent, between 2008 and 2013. …

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