British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak wants to force universities to limit the number of students in “inferior” courses. Critics fear it will target programs with large numbers of working-class or ethnic minority students.
Like a newspaper The Guardians Sunak is said to want to announce Monday (July 17) the future.
But in the eyes of critics, such a move would primarily affect universities and courses with high numbers of working-class students with limited financial resources.
At the same time, a decision on the UK’s re-entry into Horizon Europe, the EU’s research funding programme, is still pending.
Although Sunak held talks with European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Vilnius last week, no official announcement was made.
Thursday Updated The European University Association and Universities UK called on policymakers to reach an agreement on Britain’s participation in EU research programmes.
While the talks were “encouraging”, an agreement “needs clarity for UK and EU researchers as soon as possible”.
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