Hefce fines 19 institutions for over-recruitment

Hefce fines 19 institutions for over-recruitment | Simon Bake | Times Higher Education | 7 April 2011

Penalties emphasise universities’ inability to boost income through expansion. Four universities will lose more than £1 million each in public funding this year and 15 others face smaller clawbacks after exceeding their limits on student places, it has emerged. One of the institutions – London South Bank University – will be docked £2.2 million from its annual grant after taking on almost 600 more students than its cap allowed, figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for England show.Phil Cardew, pro vice-chancellor academic at London South Bank, said the university had experienced a “late surge” in accepted offers.

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