Student riots, funding cuts causing "sustained damage" to British universities' reputation

March 21, 2012

Times Higher Education's recent World Reputation Rankings show Britain losing ground to universities in the Far East due to increased investment in PSE in that region. The magazine's rankings editor says British institutions are increasingly "perceived as a fading power" following recent funding cuts, rising tuition fees, and a clampdown on international students. "The messages we are sending to the world about our commitment to funding our universities, fuelled by the images of students protesting in Westminster, on top of our clampdown on overseas students, are not playing well globally," the editor says. "There is a clear risk that our universities, other than the elite 'super-brands' of Oxford and Cambridge, will be relegated from the premier league of institutions in the eyes of the world, with tangible and sustained damage." The Telegraph