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Minister backs 'GoCompare'-style apps to help students choose university

Sam Gyimah has backed digital tools that create a `GoCompare' for students

THE universities minister has backed digital tools that create a "GoCompare" for students and may lead to the end of poor value courses.

Sam Gyimah said the system of selecting a university did not allow students to make informed decisions about which course would deliver the best outcome.

He said it was not simply about how much they earn after graduating, but how good the course was.

Mr Gyimah said there was no point in having students take courses that were not right for them and that "don't deliver value when they are making a considerable investment in their education".

"What we don't have in the market at the moment is reliable information that is personalised and tailored to the student for them to make that right decision for themselves," he said.

"Where you have threadbare, low quality courses, where compared to the same course at other universities that are delivering better value, you will find students not choosing that course and I think that is the right thing to happen.

"If you are offering a good quality course, then students will choose it because the information will be available to them."

Mr Gyimah was talking at Imperial College London after seeing five prototype apps and websites aimed at asking prospective students to enter certain criteria in order to show them the range of course or career options open to them.

Some showed what a graduate's potential salary could be based on different courses, while another calculated how much they could expect to spend on student accommodation.

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