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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.

South Africa tuition fee u-turn after protests

Student protests have caused the South African government to cancel a planned tuition fee increase, with thousands of young people across the country organising demonstrations and clashing with police, but activists are unsatisfied with President Zuma’s response and are calling for free education.

Labour rules out new HE funding policy

At Labour Party Conference held in Brighton, we report from an HE meeting were Gordon Marsden – the new shadow universities minister – strongly ruled out an early new commitment around HE fees and funding.

What can we learn from German HE?

A report released today by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) explores the similarities and differences between the higher education systems in the UK and Germany, and asks whether the UK could learn from a country that offers free tuition to all students.

The 2015 SNP Manifesto

In their 2015 General Election manifesto published today, the SNP confirms that they will support the lowering of fees across the UK.

The 2015 UKIP Manifesto

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.

Budget 2015: loans for PhD and masters students

Today’s 2015 budget announces loans of £25,000 for masters and PhD students as part of a package from the government to “broaden and strengthen support for postgraduate researchers”. We round up the highlights for HE and science from the government’s last Budget before the coming General Election.

Labour announce £6k fees for 2016

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.

HEPI report defends student mobility

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.

BIS failed to heed warnings about HE privatisation

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.

Grant letter: HEFCE’s regulatory powers beefed up

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.

Postgraduate loans – everything we know

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.