Posts Tagged ‘Tuition fees’

Free Education means free thought: breaking the grip of ‘tick-box’ Higher Education

by Ollie Hill.

With the abolition of the teaching grant for all non-STEM subjects and reforms to research grants, the whole HE sector is feeling the impacts of the scramble for the remaining cash. The main sources of funding available for most institutions are now tied to sheer student numbers (tuition fees) and a backwards, elitist research funding […]

Corbyn’s National Education Service will not be won without a fight

by James Elliott.

The issue of tuition fees has been thrown into the spotlight since party conference, after comments made by the new Higher Education, Further Education and Skills shadow minister and MP for Blackpool South, Gordon Marsden, that “nothing is ruled in, nothing is ruled out” on university funding. I attended the fringe meeting, and while it […]

Tory budget announces higher tuition fees and the scrapping of maintenance grants

by James Elliott.

George Osborne announced the Tories’ latest attack on higher education in today’s budget, announcing that for some institutions fees will rise in line with inflation, and also that grants will be abolished for the poorest students. Osborne’s budget document states measures will, “include allowing institutions offering high teaching quality to increase their tuition fees in line […]

Tory higher education funding farce

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

I never set out to be the blogging equivalent of Mystic Meg, but annoyingly I’ve had several predictions turn out to be true. Here’s one of them. Two years ago, almost to the day, I argued that the new funding regime brought in by the LibDem-supported Conservative government would leave Higher Education with a yawning funding […]

Lest we forget: why you should never, ever trust a Lib Dem

by Jon Lansman.

Let’s never forget what Nick Clegg promised just four years ago: I really think tuition fees are wrong. I think it is wrong to saddle young people with £25,000 of debt before they’ve even taken a step in adult life.”

Labour Students and the cause of free education

by James Elliott.

NUS Conference 2014 was one of the most leftwing conferences in years, passing a string of radical policies of default support for staff strikes, campaigns for a 5:1 pay ratio, a legal fund for victimised student activists and of course, free education. The graduate tax had become a soft compromise option for many in Labour, […]

Student “debt-in” in protest at loanbook privatisation

by Keith Wright.

Students and staff at the University of Cambridge this week (Tuesday 5th November) staged a “debt-in” on King’s Parade, in opposition to the government’s plan to privatise student loans, which could see interest on such loans being retrospectively doubled. This comes after a number of actions taking place in London last month, including the targeting […]

Clegg should say ‘sorry’ for the economy, not just tuition fees

by Michael Meacher.

Clegg, alias Osborne in sheep’s clothing, tries to pretend he’s sorry about tuition fees (though actually he isn’t, he’s only sorry about having made a commitment which it turned out politically inconvenient to keep to), but his speech yesterday showed not a scintilla of contrition about what he should really be apologising about, namely supporting the coalition hook, […]

Labour can afford to be radical on higher education

by Duncan Hall.

More than three quarters of higher education experts do not believe the current loans system to be sustainable, according to research published in the Times Higher Education Supplement. Within five or ten years there will be yet another significant change in the HE funding model and it is very important that we plan now to […]

Why Aaron Porter had to go

by Owen Jones.

It’s official: Aaron Porter will no longer be the British student movement’s official figurehead. For only the second time since 1969, a NUS President will not serve a second term. To date, the NUS Presidency has proved a fairly pain-free launchpad for a glamorous political career that ends in a Labour Cabinet: ask Jack Straw, Charles Clarke […]

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