Students applying to oversubscribed university courses have been offered £10,000 and free accommodation to carry over

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Students expecting to join oversubscribed business and law courses will be offered £10,000 and a year’s free accommodation if they defer, a university has confirmed.

The University of Leeds said the unprecedented number of students achieving top A-level grades on Tuesday prompted it to make the offer.

In a statement, the university said: “This year, an unprecedented number of students achieved top marks in a wide range of subjects and, like other universities across the country, we must take action to respond to this unprecedented request.

“We have already declined to participate in the clearing, and we only accept bidders who have met or exceeded the terms of their bid.

“The combination of subject demand, the popularity of the University of Leeds and the much higher than expected level of top-grading students has resulted in an unprecedented increase in the number of students we have to accept into business and law schools. .”

The package, which will only be available for certain courses in these specific subjects, includes a cash payment of £10,000; free university accommodation for the 2022/23 academic year and an online support program to help deferred students prepare for university studies.

The university said only a limited number of incentive packages are available and they will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

He said: “All eligible students have now been contacted, by email, about this offer. Once the limit is reached, the offer will be closed.

“We will of course ensure the place of any student who does not wish to take advantage of this offer.

“We are confident that we can accommodate all other successful offer holders across the hundreds of other courses we offer.”

The university did not confirm how many prospective students were eligible for the offer or how many had already applied.

The University of Leeds has provided 30 additional places for students to study medicine, which are now all taken.

Earlier this week, the Medical Schools Council (MSC), which represents 44 heads of medical schools across the UK, said students who want to study medicine will be offered £10,000 if they choose to moving to medical schools due to capacity constraints.

Students who have the option of changing medical schools under the MSC program have already been contacted by the university of their choice.

A spokesperson for the University of Leeds said no other applicants were eligible for the additional places offered there.

The University of Exeter recently wrote to students who have accepted an offer to study medicine asking if they would delay the start of their course until 2022.

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