It says something about the state of the university system now in England where they will just take the money despite the fact that there is simply no way that the students language skills are adequate enough to meet the degree course criteria.
A university has admitted taking on PhD students with poor standards of English – fuelling high drop-out rates.
Derby University said just 40 per cent of PhDs were currently completed on time.
The failure rate may be linked to the fact that not all doctoral students have the “required skills of communication” needed to undertake independent research, it indicated.
The admission came after the Government’s Higher Education Funding Council for England raised concerns about high PhD drop-out rates at 10 universities.
Other institutions facing criticism included Brighton, Liverpool John Moores, De Montfort in Leicester and City University, London.
Vice-chancellors were ordered to explain why low numbers of full-time students were completing PhDs within the recommended seven years.
Derby blamed it on lax admissions criteria that it employed when current students were taken on in 2002/3. But as many of the student would have paid upfront for the courses and they often pay more than double the fees charged to home students, I suppose they were raking it in anyway as there was until now nothing to stop them.
I also wonder, though it doesn’t mention it here just how many of those students vanished into our ever growing illegal immigrant population? After all, they can show acceptance paperwork and get in on a temporary visa, they certainly aren’t counted out anymore.
Also 7 years for a PhD seems rather high, I did mine in 3 years, though this was 30 years ago now and things do change, dumbing down by Labour being one of them.
So I suspect this is a scam by the universities to get money and the students to get into the UK. The old walks like a duck scenario.