Oxford University Bursar urges parents to ´cut the umbilical cord´
New College Bursar and Director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy David Palfreyman is particularly concerned about the effect this is having on student mentalities.
He explained: "Mum and dad have paid for a re-mark and resit at each phase of the A-level process."
However, with parents often paying for higher university fees this year, it is little surprise they are taking more of an interest in their child's experience.
"The family is investing in it so it is not surprising if mum and dad work out that there is this appeals process," Mr Palfreyman added.
This has seen many universities having to cope with open days crowded by parents, who may even linger during freshers week to help their child settle in.
"If you are not careful, the child will march into their interview with their mother," added Mr Palfreyman. "It is infantilisation."
Posted by Louise Wright
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