Top UK universities 'use secret waiting lists' due to Covid uncertainty


Exclusive: universities accused of telling applicants privately they have places to ensure their courses are full

British universities are taking extreme measures to ensure a supply of recruits for the coming academic year, with some accused of operating secret waiting lists to encourage school leavers to accept their offers amid uncertainty over A-level results.

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With many admissions offices braced for a second year of turmoil over results and grade inflation, experts are predicting record-breaking numbers of applications for university places.

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