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Best brains go to English universities.

SIR - The article in your November 17 issue entitled "Student brain drain to universities in England" should not surprise anyone.

Paul Murphy MP, and large numbers of Welsh comprehensive school teachers and headteachers, actively favour Oxford and Cambridge (and other English universities) by encouraging Welsh students to apply for places there. What, therefore, does one expect? These universities demand the highest entry qualifications so that Welsh students succeeding in gaining a place at Oxbridge are generally our most able students. What kind of effect does Mr Murphy think that has on Welsh Universities? It obviously depletes them of our best brains which is, of course, reflected in Welsh universities' positions in university ranking tables.

In this respect the contrast between Scotland and Wales could hardly be greater. Indeed, the Scottish Government has taken positive action to favour Scottish universities, for Scottish students don't pay course fees but only if they study at Scottish universities. As such, there is little or no brain drain from Scotland which is reflected in their university rankings - St Andrews University is fourth in the UK.

Gwyn Hopkins Cleviston Park, Llangennech, Llanelli

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Date:Nov 22, 2014
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