The London universities which facing having ‘poor quality courses’ axed due to low graduation rates

Nine London universities are among twenty six which are facing having their “poor quality courses” axed due to new plans to improve education.

The government plans to cut down on the courses and last week the Office for Students (OfS) announced the minimum standards all undergraduate degrees need to continue operating.

As part of the announcement it was revealed that if a quarter of students on a given course don’t graduate, funding will be cut and the course may have to discontinue.

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Furthermore, it was revealed that 80 per cent of students must progress into their second year of study and 75 per cent of students must graduate.

Of those that do progress onwards, 60 per cent of students must progress onto “professional employment or further study” when their degree is completed.

If the universities don’t meet these standards then they could be fined by the government. The fines would likely mean the course wouldn’t be profitable so it could mean the courses being slashed in order to save money.

Goldsmiths is one of the universities at risk of a government fine

Onward, a think tank revealed the universities which currently have courses which are not performing, nine of these being in London. The failing London universities are:

Goldsmiths’ College

Kingston University

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

Nelson College London

The University of West London

The University of Westminster

University of East London

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Students studying on courses below the thresholds are often from groups underrepresented in higher education and the OfS’s proposals are designed to ensure that providers must support the students they recruit to achieve positive outcomes, regardless of their background.

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London Metropolitan University Graduate Centre, Holloway Road, North London is another one of the universities at risk of the governments new scheme

The OfS has also set out plans to incentivise excellent teaching, learning and student outcomes at universities and colleges performing above our minimum requirements.

Ratings of gold, silver or bronze would be awarded by an expert panel, weighing up evidence submitted by universities and colleges, numerical indicators and submissions from students. A new ‘requires improvement’ category would be used for universities and colleges where the panel is unable to identify excellence.

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The University of East London, Newham, also comes under the category of ‘at risk’

Higher and Further Education Minister, Michelle Donelan, said: “Students deserve an education that will help them achieve their dreams, so we need to crack down on those universities that are not delivering this ambition. Our university system is acclaimed as world class, but there are too many pockets of poor quality.

“Through this tough regulatory action, we are protecting students from being let down by these institutions, whilst also ensuring those delivering outstanding teaching are properly recognised.

“Whether it is giving students the face-to-face teaching they deserve or ensuring universities tackle drop-out rates and poor graduate outcomes, this Government will always fight for a fair deal for students.”

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