UK: Universities overhaul will make them more inclusive

by E Wayne Ross on November 4, 2009

The Guardian: Universities overhaul will make them more inclusive, says Mandelson

• Degrees aimed more at mature and part-time students rather than 18-year olds
• Employers to be more involved in course design and funding

Students who miss the top grades should not be automatically excluded from prestigious universities, under plans set out by Lord Mandelson for a major modernisation of England’s degree system.

All universities should consider accepting lower grades from students who show potential despite a poor home life or unambitious schooling, the business secretary, who is also responsible for universities, said.