Sue Littlemore looks at recent polling to assess public attitudes towards universities and finds some sobering results. In the context of higher fees, and pressures coming from other places, how the wider public feel about the value of HE and the debts that the next generation are getting in to really matter. Universities may have been protected from public opinion in the past, but as we head towards a general election, politicians are likely to be influenced by the largest of protest groups; parents.
Sue Littlemore is an education journalist and Media Adviser for GuildHE. Formerly BBC Education Correspondent, Sue is now freelance. Sue is also Chief Executive of the Education Media Centre.