Here in the UK, freshers’ weeks are over and temperatures are falling. For Year 13 students thinking about making their university applications, it’s not hard to see the appeal of studying overseas in a sunnier climate. According to a Unifrog survey, in 2019 nearly a third of sixth formers actively considered studying abroad.
The relaxation of regulations controlling student numbers has been a double-edged sword. Some universities are failing to fill courses, while others—particularly prestigious Russell Group institutions—have increased student numbers and revenues but are suffering growing pains. Since 2012, Bristol University and Exeter University, for example, have grown more than 60%. This rapid expansion can bring its own challenges.
There’s no doubt that the fallout from the TEF review, the Augar report, and the uncertainties of Brexit will continue to dominate the minds of higher education leaders for some time.
When Christopher Weaver was considering graduate school to facilitate a career change, he knew it would be a challenge.
“I had concerns with the time I had to spare as I work full time as well,” said Weaver, a 30-year-old from Yorkshire who works as a structural surveyor.
Higher education in the United Kingdom is changing, and a number of factors are contributing to this. The steady rise in tuition fees means that students are beginning to view university in a different light. Gone are the days when higher education institutions are simply viewed as “cathedrals of learning.” Instead, modern students have an increasingly transactional view of university. Student satisfaction and value for money is high on their agenda, and moves are being made by industry bodies in order to evaluate both these areas for prospective students.