Durham University has confirmed it has today written to a number of incoming first-year undergraduates offering cash payments to those who defer their studies for a year.
Those freshers who were due to start their studies in certain subjects this autumn, and who instead opt to defer until the 2022/23 academic year, will receive payments of £5,000.
The offer is made to incoming first-year undergraduates in classics, English studies, history, music, biosciences, psychology, management and gGeography, as well as joint honours programmes incorporating these subjects.
A spokesperson for Durham University told University Business:
“Due to the popularity of studying at Durham and the unprecedented success of students in this year’s A-levels and other level 3 qualifications, we are inviting new undergraduate students in some departments to consider whether they would like to defer starting their studies with us by one year.
“Students who successfully apply to defer will receive a payment of £5,000, along with the offer of support and advice on how to spend the year before starting their studies. We have written to all students eligible to apply for this scheme.
“Whether students choose to begin their studies with us this year or next, they can look forward to a world-class academic and wider student experience.”
Durham University is the latest Russell Group provider to resort to cash deferral inducements to help solve the problem of fresher overcrowding. Last month, the University of Leeds offered £10,000 cash and free accommodation to law or business students who agree to defer their places for a year due to unprecedented number of students getting top grades at A-level. In July, the University of Exeter offered medical students a deferral inducement of a year’s free accommodation and a bursary of £10,000.
“We are making this offer to help ensure the best possible academic and wider student experience for all students,” Durham’s spokesperson continued. “Places are limited and decisions will be based on balancing the cohort in keeping with our principles of equality, diversity and inclusion.”
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