Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), says that university is sometimes “wasted on the young” because many school leavers end up choosing the wrong degree course. Too many teenagers, particularly those from middle-class backgrounds, seem to “sleepwalk” into university due to expectations from their parents, teachers and friends. […]
A stark report from the Higher Education Policy Institute has shown that since tuition fees trebled to over £3000 in 2006, students have not benefitted from increased contact hours or decreased class sizes, prompting fears that the new £9000 fees in 2012 will be similarly unrewarding for university students.
The government has announced plans to abandon the early loan repayment penalties which had initially formed part of its new tuition fees scheme. We reveal the political horse-trading behind the decision.