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.
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.
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.
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.
The £3,000 fee paying generation is just hitting the height of its repayments, well before the £9,000 hit theirs. David Morris argues that it’s their political impact that is being felt most in the tuition fees debate.
The current government’s argument that student loans widen participation is misleading, argues Claire Callender, whose new research finds that debt aversion is stopping the poorest from applying to university.
Student loan debt is unlike any other form of financial product. This has made it impossible to have a sensible public debate about tuition fees. David Morris breaks down the paradoxes of our university funding system.
There are lots of good reasons for the higher education sector to support a proposal to abolish tuition fees. Christopher Newfield makes the case for reframing the debate about university funding in the UK and the US.
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.