Anna Fazackerley

A beacon of hope?

Let’s be frank. If you get AAB in your A-level results tomorrow and your university offer is for three As – or worse, if you haven’t secured a place at all yet – things do not look good. Leading research universities have all wedged their doors firmly shut. This year was hugely competitive with great

The economics of an education

Vice chancellors have been nervously anticipating the Government’s announcement of funding for 10,000 new student places for weeks. Lord Mandelson may not know much about universities, but he knows that 50,000 would-be students fighting for 3,000 places during clearing means weeks of hideous headlines for his new super-department. This was a point that Gordon Brown