The options available to today’s school leavers are many and varied, which can only be a good thing for students now and in the years to come, says David Hawkins.
The beginning of May signalled Ucas decision day – the deadline by which most students should have replied to their university offers.
Normally this day passes uneventfully, but this year was different, as many students left it to the last moment to make their final choices.
British higher education is going through a period of rapid transition, seemingly passing by many of those not intimately connected to it.
In recent years we have seen the gradual lifting of quotas for places, the introduction of the option to ‘trade up’ on results day if a student achieves better than their predicted grades and, from 2015, the lifting of all controls over student numbers, creating a free market among British universities.