300,000 more university places needed to keep up with demand for degrees, study says

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“It is difficult to see how the policy of uncapped student recruitment can continue under the current finance model”

By Eleanor Busby, Education Correspondent

Hundreds of thousands more university places will be needed by 2030 to keep up with a growing demand, a new study has predicted.

A cap on student numbers may need to be introduced if demand continues to rise and more pressure is placed on funding, the report from the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) think tank said.

At least 300,000 more places will be needed at English universities due to a boom in the number of young people and a continuing rise in students going into higher education, the research suggested.

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