University ‘thriving’ insists Whitehall

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A GOVERNMENT minister claims The University of Bolton is “thriving”, despite 90 jobs being under threat and a fall in student numbers.

During a Commons debate, Bolton West MP Julie Hilling said: “Bolton university is making up to 90 people redundant because of the fall in student numbers, while 60,000 of the young people awarded places at university last year did not turn up.

“Will the minister admit that the tripling of fees has created chaos and will harm the British economy?”

David Willetts, minister for universities and science, pictured, said: “We do not recognise that description of what is going on. We have very enterprising universities, including Bolton, that are thriving as more students get their first choice of university than ever before.

“And, of course, there is no cap on the number of overseas students legitimately entitled to enter the country to study.”

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10:53am Mon 31 Dec 12

EdJankowski says...

'60,000 of the young people awarded places at university last year did not turn up.' This is a ridiculous statistic, how ignorant Whitehall is to ignore such a 'stat'.

I am currently in the process of applying to university and I have talked to many people about there thoughts on university, and let me tell you there has been an overwhelming theme. That theme of course is tuition fees, 'the tripling of fees has created chaos', I must therefor respectfully challenge why Mr. Willetts, minister for universities and science, says: “We do not recognise that description of what is going on". however, I am in no doubt that "We have very enterprising universities, including Bolton".

Furthermore, if you where to ask wether or not I have ambition to attend Bolton University, I'm afraid I would have to disappoint, as my home town university does not provide the course I want, and as we all know it's about what the student(s) want that matters.

Moreover, Bolton University, I am sure has great untapped potential, but focus on 'untapped', you get nothing by doing nothing. I call for the university in 2013 to stop talking about why the university is not performing to it's full potential, or you might say millions of pounds worth of potential, and take action.

Lets unleash that untapped potential and play to our strengths similar to those who built Bolton's industrial reputation such as Samuel Crompton.

I have not doubt that 2013 is the year of change (as every year is, respectfully), and if we come together as 'one nation' or 'one community' we can overcome rises in tuition fees and fledgling admission figures.

On a final note, I believe that tuition fees are just another bump in a long road. But the only way I can see the word university regaining the connotations it once evoked, is to take another look at the benefits so far the rise in fees has seen. Lets not forget we have serious competition with the likes of China, and if we don't do something about our education system, not just universities , but primary, hight schools and colleges, and leave it to waste away like the old building it is, we will fall behind, and if we fall at that hurdle, I struggle to see how we would climb back.
'60,000 of the young people awarded places at university last year did not turn up.' This is a ridiculous statistic, how ignorant Whitehall is to ignore such a 'stat'. I am currently in the process of applying to university and I have talked to many people about there thoughts on university, and let me tell you there has been an overwhelming theme. That theme of course is tuition fees, 'the tripling of fees has created chaos', I must therefor respectfully challenge why Mr. Willetts, minister for universities and science, says: “We do not recognise that description of what is going on". however, I am in no doubt that "We have very enterprising universities, including Bolton". Furthermore, if you where to ask wether or not I have ambition to attend Bolton University, I'm afraid I would have to disappoint, as my home town university does not provide the course I want, and as we all know it's about what the student(s) want that matters. Moreover, Bolton University, I am sure has great untapped potential, but focus on 'untapped', you get nothing by doing nothing. I call for the university in 2013 to stop talking about why the university is not performing to it's full potential, or you might say millions of pounds worth of potential, and take action. Lets unleash that untapped potential and play to our strengths similar to those who built Bolton's industrial reputation such as Samuel Crompton. I have not doubt that 2013 is the year of change (as every year is, respectfully), and if we come together as 'one nation' or 'one community' we can overcome rises in tuition fees and fledgling admission figures. On a final note, I believe that tuition fees are just another bump in a long road. But the only way I can see the word university regaining the connotations it once evoked, is to take another look at the benefits so far the rise in fees has seen. Lets not forget we have serious competition with the likes of China, and if we don't do something about our education system, not just universities , but primary, hight schools and colleges, and leave it to waste away like the old building it is, we will fall behind, and if we fall at that hurdle, I struggle to see how we would climb back. EdJankowski
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