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Willetts: More investment needed to tackle baby boom

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Former universities minister says institutions must invest more now to increase capacity in future

A demographic boom in the noughties will lead to significant demand for university places in the coming years, with “physical limits” on how many students institutions can recruit.

A report co-authored by the former Conservative universities minister David Willetts argues that a surge in births after 2002, which peaked in 2012 at just over two million in that year, will lead to “continuing substantial growth in student numbers” at universities.

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