Warnings over Influx of Eu College Students

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Byline: TIM MILES

UK teenagers could miss out on college places because of competition from Eastern European students, a Government adviser warned today.

Thousands of students from countries like Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic will be able to apply directly to UK universities after their nations become members of the European Union in May.

Professor Howard Newby, chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council For England (HEFCE), warned universities had been given no extra funding to meet the expected demand.

He was speaking as the HEFCE warned that a massive increase in higher education funding was also

necessary if the Government was to meet cherished targets for increasing overall participation.

Professor Newby said as many as 15,000 students could be expected by the end of the decade from the 10 countries joining the EU.

And he warned that UK teenagers could face tough competition if the Government did not fund more places. …