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Wednesday morning news briefing: Universities demand extra cash

Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn - Danny Lawson /PA
Students take part in a protest in Leeds yesterday despite the A-levels U-turn – Danny Lawson /PA

Universities ‘will struggle to cope’ with student influx

After the A-levels climbdown, universities have told the Government they will need more money if they are to take more students this year. Vice-chancellors met officials for talks last night, as they attempted to thrash out a deal to secure thousands of school leavers their first-choice university. They asked for “significant” financial support so they could “scale up” places this year and next. It comes as the official in charge of Ofqual is under threat of the sack in the wake of the exam grades fiasco. Sally Collier, the quango’s chief regulator and chief executive, has not spoken publicly since the humiliating U-turn in which its algorithm was ditched in favour of teachers’ grades. In today’s cartoon, Blower imagines a particularly chaotic episode of University

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