Independent review of higher education funding

Yesterday (17 May), Universities UK submitted a response to the second call for evidence to the Independent Review of Higher Education being led by Lord Browne.

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, headed the UUK Funding Task Group that prepared the submission.

Key points of the submission include:

  • There will remain a strong role for public funding of higher education in the future.
  • The current tuition fee and loan system should more accurately be described as a 'graduate contribution'.
  • The 'graduate contribution' towards higher education should increase over time, up to a maximum level. This should remain regulated and carefully monitored.
  • Access to information about higher education should continue to improve and should be based on feedback from students about what they would find most useful.
  • The resource costs of the current student loan systems should be reduced.Universities UK explores the various options for achieving this in its submission.
  • The student support system should work towards being indifferent as to whether a student wishes to pursue full-time or part-time study. As a first step, some of the support available to full-time undergraduate students should be extended to those part-time undergraduate students that would benefit most.
  • The review should consider recommending extending government loans to taught postgraduate students.

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