This week on the podcast it’s a special edition as the government publishes its response to the Augar panel’s submission to the post-18 review of fees and funding
We dive into what has been (and hasn’t been) announced, think through some of the implications for universities and students, and consider the politics of everything from the Lifelong Loan Entitlement to freezing fees. And there’s also an interesting announcement on PQA.
With Debbie McVitty, Wonkhe’s Editor; Jim Dickinson, David Kernohan and Sunday Blake, Wonkhe’s Associate Editors and presented by Mark Leach, Wonkhe’s Editor in Chief.
Featured on the show
- The government’s Augar response and HE reform proposals are more equivocal than the public narrative would suggest. Debbie McVitty is your tour guide.
- How well have students done out of the government’s fees and funding review? Jim Dickinson goes searching for numbers and finds a hole in the wall.
- The consultation on the Lifelong Loan Entitlement asks all the right questions, but at a high enough level to make David Kernohan suspect planning is at a very early stage.
- On the funding settlement for HE the DfE ministerial team deserves credit for navigating an unpalatable set of options, argue Rachel Wolf and Jonathan Simons.
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One response to “PODCAST: Augar response special”
On loan terms “cutting through” to prospective students considering entry in 2022 vs 2023, it’s interesting that some see the 40 years as better than the 30 years as they have longer to pay it off. Shows that misunderstandings are still widespread:
India Peck, 17, from Ipswich, another student planning on going to university, said: “I think expanding the date for the student loan is quite useful as it is a lot to pay back over the time period, so I am having more time to pay it back.