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.
Tom Frostick considers what the pending abolition of nursing bursaries, and the government’s proposals to lift student number controls for these students, will mean for student access and workforce planning.
In Northern Ireland, public funding cuts to the higher education sector are jeopardising the economic future of a region that has been blighted by relatively high levels of unemployment and deprivation coupled with low levels of productivity and economic activity.
With part time higher education facing unprecedented challenges, Peter Horrocks, vice chancellor of the Open University calls on the government to refocus its attention on the power of part time study.
Continuing the debate started by their report published on Monday, Jonathan Simons responds to the critics – and argues universities do indeed have reserves which could be used if policy and funding is rebalanced to save FE.
Responding to the Policy Exchange report published today, Karmjit Kaur of UUK argues that the proposals to cut HE in favour of technical education would damage the economy and row back much of the progress made by universities in recent years.