Students received cash on hand or their accommodation costs were covered for one year
Russell Group universities paid students thousands of pounds to defer their places because courses were oversubscribed.
Nine of the UK’s top universities have paid out a total of £9million in accommodation or cash discounts for incoming students.
This is to combat the increase in the number of successful candidates due to the inflation of A-level marks.
Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Exeter, Durham, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds and UCL all offer students discounts on accommodation or cash to carry over their places.
Last year, nearly 400,000 students completed the requirements of their favorite university, an all-time high.
The government is capping the number of places in courses such as medicine and dentistry, which means uni are increasingly turning to incentivizing postponement as an option.
A Sunday Telegraph investigation found the University of Leeds had paid 275 students £10,000 and agreed to waive their first-year accommodation costs, if they postponed their places at the university.
Durham University paid £5,000 to 209 students if they suspended their studies while Manchester gave £195.00 in cash to students and reduced their accommodation costs.
A spokesperson for the Russell Group said that across the 24 universities that make up the corps, admission from the UK has increased by 28% over the past two years.
He added: “In a small number of cases, universities have offered applicants voluntary deferrals, often for courses like medicine or dentistry where numbers are capped by the government.”
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