Sumary of Exeter University offers medical students £10,000 to defer:
- A Russell Group university is offering a year’s free accommodation and a bursary of £10,000 to medical students who agree to defer their studies for a year amid a surge in applications to study medicine and uncertainty about A-level grade inflation.
- The university has written to candidates who have accepted offers to study medicine starting this autumn, asking if they will delay until 2022. In return the university will guarantee their place, if they get the required grades, provide free accommodation worth up to £7,600 and a cash bursary of £10,000 “to spend on preparing yourself”.
- All medicine student numbers are set by the government to ensure that we can accommodate everyone in a way that provides a high-quality education and stimulating student experience, as well as safe and secure NHS placements.
- Admissions officers have been grappling not only with the increase in the number of applications to study medicine, which are up 20% on last year’s figures, but also with the prospect of grade inflation due to exams being cancelled and the use of teacher-assessed grades instead, which could see more students achieve the required grades.
- Dr Katie Petty-Saphon from the Medical Schools Council told the BBC the increase in applications had made it harder for universities to judge the right number of offers.
- Universities are hoping not to see a repeat of the chaos last year when many students planning a career in medicine lost their places after results were downgraded by the government’s standardisation algorithm.
- After the algorithm was abandoned in favour of centre-assessed grades that were significantly higher, many students were too late to get into their school of choice as spaces had been filled.