university funding

  • University Applications at “Crisis Point”
    01st December 2011

    As the university applications period progresses, the number of students applying for higher education courses continues to fall dramatically compared to this time last year. The government continues to make excuses, but the opposition has stepped forward with a bold new promise for higher education.

  • Willetts Defends Tuition Fees
    22nd November 2011

    As the tuition fees furore rages on and early figures indicate plunging numbers of university applicants, David Willetts has given an interview desperately attempting to defend his tuition fees policy. The results are far from convincing.

  • Tuition Fees Chaos Wreak Havoc with Uni Applications
    21st October 2011

    With 28 universities announcing plans to revise their tuition fees arrangements, university applications have been thrown into chaos. Tens of thousands of students trying to navigate the already complex fees arrangements are now being forced to make blind decisions about where to apply. We explain the developments that have caused these problems, and who is likely to be worst affected.

  • Bursaries Fail to Attract Poor Students
    29th September 2011

    Worrying new statistics show that increasing financial support in the form of bursaries does not necessarily help attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply to elite universities. We ask what this means for the new tuition fees scheme and how we can address the problem of equal access to university for all.

  • Tuition Fees Loan Scheme ‘Crazy’
    09th September 2011

    A new report from a highly respected think tank has branded government plans to penalise early repayment of student loans ‘crazy’. The think tank, CentreForum, claims hard working middle-income graduates will be hit by the scheme.

  • Report Claims Tuition Fees Unfair and Unworkable
    22nd August 2011

    The long-awaited Higher Education Policy Institute response to the government’s white paper on higher education has arrived, and it isn’t pretty. We summarise its condemnation of the new tuition fees policy and the damning predictions for the damage to be caused to social mobility and fair access to education.

  • University Bidding War for A-Grade Students
    02nd August 2011

    A controversial new government policy has sparked a bidding frenzy for students with the best A-Level grades, forcing universities into direct competition with one another. We look at the possible impact the new scheme might have on higher education.

  • UK Universities Shake Up Explained
    28th June 2011

    Today’s higher education white paper laid out controversial proposals for universities in the UK. Confused? We outline the key points raised and summarise the arguments both for and against the reforms.

  • Students to Fight Tuition Fees in High Court
    25th June 2011

    As the tuition fees furore continues, two teenagers have won an unprecedented battle to take the fight to the High Court. They will argue that the government’s new tuition fees policy contravenes human rights law by disadvantaging students from poorer backgrounds and creating an elitist system where university is for the rich.

  • Oxbridge Revolt Against Tuition Fees!
    04th June 2011

    In a historic move, academics from Oxford and Cambridge Universities seem likely to join forces to oppose the government’s new higher education policy with a ‘vote of no confidence’ in Universities Minister David Willetts. We look at the way the new tuition fees policy has gradually unravelled.