Last week’s poll: uncapping student numbers

The government is pushing ahead with plans to uncap the number of students attending universities. With UK industry in the midst of a well-documented skills crisis is this move going to be good for British engineering?


 Of the 352 respondents to last week’s poll, the largest group of respondents, 32 per cent, thought that removing the cap on student numbers would have little effect on engineering, because there are unlikely to be more students wishing to study the discipline; while 26 per cent thought removing the cap wouldn’t have any effect on the number of places available. A fifth of respondents thought that additional engineers were unlikely to be of high quality; while only 15 per cent thought that removing the limit was an important step in producing more engineers.


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