Students wanting to study law or business courses at Leeds are being offered £10,000 cash and free accommodation if they defer their courses.

The university is making the offer as some courses are full and has stated the teacher-assessed grades, rather than exam-based grades, had made it “harder to predict” the number of successful applicants.

Prof Jimack told the BBC: “We’ve contacted students on a small number of programmes in two schools to let them know that we are going to make them an offer to defer to next year with an incentive of a cash payment of about £10,000 and our fee for their halls of residence in their first year being paid by the university.

“We are not putting pressure on anybody to make that choice, it’s an entirely free choice.”