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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.

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.

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.

All aboard the USS pension deficit

The USS pension fund deficit is not exactly news, but the latest round of headlines only adds to the stink of intergenerational unfairness that surrounds universities. Ant Bagshaw unpicks the numbers and the politics.

Business schools are feeling the Brexit heat

One fifth of the UK’s students are studying in business schools, and EU and international students studying business are worth £3.2 billion to the UK economy. Angus Laing looks at the challenges ahead post-Brexit.

Inflation, TEF and tuition fees continue a complex dance

Following new forecasts from the Office of Budget Responsibility, the value of tuition fee rises to universities are forecast to rise, but the predictions can only take us only so far for universities’ complex planning cycle.

Exchange rate starting to bite for university costs

Sterling is going down, and inflation is going up. But for some large costs for universities, inflation is far higher than the nationally reported rates. Just another way Brexit is hurting higher education in unexpected places…