The Autumn Statement was on the whole a positive result for universities, paradoxically as a result of Brexit. Yet volatility in growth and inflation will matter more than ever for higher education in the coming years.
A report from the Student Funding Panel recommends that there should be more student maintenance support a freeze of the repayment threshold and better student understanding of loans and their terms.
In their 2015 General Election manifesto published today, the SNP confirms that they will support the lowering of fees across the UK.
Emily Lupton summarises UKIP’s 2015 election manifesto and what the party plans for higher education including free tuition for STEMM courses and abolishing loans for EU students.
Emily Lupton looks over the Liberal Democrat’s 2015 election manifesto and what the party plans for higher education.
As Labour release their 2015 election manifesto, Emily Lupton looks at the party’s plans for higher education.
A new British Social Attitudes Survey has looked in detail about the UK public’s attitude towards higher education and fees. Emily Lupton takes a look at the key results.
As the government publish its long-awaited postgraduate support consultation, Emily Lupton looks at the detail and the reaction so far.
A round up of the regular UCU report and survey on UK vice chancellor salaries.
Labour have announced their long-anticipated policy to reduce fees from £9,000 to £6,000. Ed Miliband also announced that Labour would raise maintenance grants by £400. Emily Lupton goes through everything we know about the ‘fully funded’ plan. This piece will be updated as information becomes available.
A report released today by HEPI questions to whom does the higher education budget in Wales belong, particularly the Welsh portable fee grant, as well as exploring the high costs for students from Northern Ireland and Scotland who chose to study in England, and whether or not students from the UK should be able to take funding into the EU.
A report released today by the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) strongly criticises the government for disregarding warnings about the dangers of vast sums of public money being given to for-profit higher education colleges.
Today came the HEFCE grant letter from BIS which outlines funding for higher education in England for 2015-16. Overall the allocations remain much the same as indicated in last years letter, but as ever, there are some interesting bits around the margins that the wonks will want to note.
HEFCE today announced further details of their postgraduate support scheme alongside the initial funding allocations and method. Emily explores the new details and the initial funding allocations.
In this afternoon’s Autumn Statement, the Chancellor announced that the Government would introduce loans for all young people that want to access postgraduate study, of up to £10,000 across all disciplines. There have been growing calls over the last few years for the introduction of such a scheme from think tanks and sector organisations including IPPR, NUS, CentreForum and others.