In his autumn statement (2013: 53-55), the Chancellor of the Exechequer announced the removal of the cap on student numbers from 2015/16 for publicly funded and alternative providers of higher education in England. Further, whilst the cap for alternative providers would remain for 2014/15, as an interim measure the government would raise the cap for HEFCE-funded institutions by 30,000 students, allowing an immediate expansion of student numbers in the next recruitment cycle.
The announcements by the Chancellor means a significant change to the operating environment for higher education in England. Given the 'market' for higher education is interdependent, the impact on individual institutions is difficult to predict; much will depend not just upon what an individual institution decides to do, but on the actions of other insitutions.
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