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August 6, 2004

The only thing that surprised me about the article "Sector caught in parent trap" (July 30) was that you were so surprised about the role parents play in admissions. Given how much of a financial burden sending a child to university can be, it is hardly a shock how some parents behave.

Many feel that the expense justifies their intervention and that they are exercising due diligence. While I might not agree with this behaviour, it is perfectly understandable. But I don't share The Times Higher 's optimism (Leader) that the situation will improve with the new fees regime. If anything, it will make things worse.

Darren Stephens
Hull University

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