The great ‘university expansion drive’ in higher education. 60,000 shiny new places on degree courses, many of which would have been in the arts and humanities. But now it seems that ministers are throwing a roadblock across this easy escape-route for the newly-unemployed seeking three years sheltered from the recession. According to the THES, …

“2009-10 has been cut to 10,000 [extra places]. Extra numbers for 2010-11 are on hold” … “HEFCE [has been told by ministers] to “bear down” on institutions that over-recruit