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Critics of the graduate tax are shouting at straw men

Jim Dickinson responds to the legions of public critics of Owen Smith’s plans for a graduate tax, arguing that there are just as many problems with the current fees and ‘vouchers’ system.

The graduate tax: higher education’s zombie idea

Owen Smith’s revival of the graduate tax idea is the latest attempt to find an ugly compromise between tuition fees and free education. Politicians need to chose one or the other, argues Will Cooling.

When you can’t do right for doing wrong

Reports of universities jumping the gun on inflationary fee increases are greatly exaggerated, and have forgotten to account for consumer protection law.

The Brexistential threats universities now face

We need to get thinking now about the medium-to-long term effects of Brexit, and take action to pre-empt their effects. Ant Bagshaw runs down the bigger effects of our looming divorce from the EU.

Scottish and English records on access should be compared

The access record of universities in Scotland has been disappointing, and the Scottish Government needs to stop sidelining the problem. Lucy Hunter Blackburn argues that despite that the comparison with England holds up, despite what the politicians are saying.

TEF and tuition fees – myths and reality

The debate over tuition fees is slowly warming up again, but what’s really going on? David Morris has crunched the numbers about the TEF’s potential to allow universities to raise fees.

The left is lost on higher education

Emran Mian argues that the left is offering no constructive alternative to the government’s market-led agenda in HE, and thus have very little of use to add to the debate.

Differential fees need scrutiny, not sympathy

Tom Bailey offers a response to Dean Machin’s case for differential fees by subject and institution, arguing that it would be unfair, impractical and imprudent.

Human capital: interview with author of IFS graduate earnings study

On Wednesday the Institute for Fiscal Studies published the first report into graduate earnings – Andrew McGettigan discussed the report’s findings and their implications with one of the report’s authors: Jack Britton, Senior Research Economist at IFS.