The UK’s higher education sector is facing a crisis greater than anything seen before, our senior consultant Andrew Weltch argues in a new blog post.
Already preparing for the negative effect of Brexit, universities now have to deal with the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chinese students, an increasingly lucrative source of funding for many universities in recent years, are unlikely to enrol for the coming academic year, and many home students say they may defer their entry. In fact a poll showed most would favour a delayed start to the academic year if it meant more face-to-face teaching instead of learning online.
On top of all this, the latest QS World University Rankings show most UK universities slipping down the table, as they lose ground, especially against their Asian counterparts.
But the sector is “full of very clever people”, he says, and they are finding innovative ways to deal with the situation. You can read Andrew’s summary of the looming crisis in our blog here.
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