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Budget cuts to affect graduate training intakes

Published: Friday, 07 May 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Higher education budget cuts could result in candidates applying for graduate training schemes only coming from largely less socially deprived backgrounds in the future, an expert has warned.

According to the University and College Union (UCU), the cuts in funding could cause a shortage of places for students, which is likely to leave those from poorer backgrounds disadvantaged.

Paul Cottrell, the UCU's national head of public policy, explained that "an even more biased social class intake" is likely to result from the cuts, which will lead to a shortage of places.

"If places become scarcer, it's the richer and the middle-class parents with the know-how and the support whose kids get the scarcer places, it's not the people from poorer backgrounds," he stated.

"I think it's a great worry that that might be one of the effects of the cuts."

The Higher Education Funding Council for England announced outlined how funding will be distributed to universities and colleges in the UK early this year.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19765368-ADNFCR

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