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Incentives lock out HE innovation

Following his appearance at the Treasury Select Committee, John Denham sets out how the incentives in the HE sector needs to change to support national priorities.

What is the VAT status of universities?

“Bizarre, exasperating and illogical, but occasionally fun” – Amanda Darley explains the world of VAT as it applies to the higher education sector.

Supporting part-time students in Scotland

Yet again, the recent independent review into student support in Scotland had nothing to say about part-time students. It’s time to start taking part-time seriously, says the OU’s Susan Stewart.

The big Budget choices that the Chancellor faces

Gordon McKenzie, CEO of GuildHE and former civil servant remembers what Budget week is like inside a government department – and details the difficult conversations that the Chancellor will be having this week.

We need fairer fees

Peter Lampl of the Sutton Trust urges the Chancellor to consider a new approach to tuition fees.

Cutting the cake: fairness in student finance

A “fair” funding system is something everyone can agree on the need for. Unfortunately, agreeing on what “fair” should mean in this context is much more difficult. David Malcolm takes a look through three recent attempts.

Why student loans are a confidence trick for the 85%

A small number of students, by accident of birth, experience free tuition. Danny Dorling ponders what young people who pay their fees up front can tell us about the design of the current student finance system.

What about public goods in higher education?

“It is notable that high fees reduce both the net private benefits and the public benefits of higher education.” – Simon Marginson lays out some of the economic arguments for a sector finance rethink.

Is Britain’s university system really a timebomb?

Mike Ratcliffe defuses that UK2020 report, and offers a critique of the way it has been constructed. He argues that we need to address these arguments, despite their low quality, as they are continuing to catch the attention of the media.

There’s a difference between ‘good’ and ‘good value’

Universities will struggle to improve their public image without understanding their critics’ point over whether they offer good value to students and the taxpayer. David Morris tries to illustrate this point with a drawn-out metaphor.