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Reactions to the Browne Review

I wanted to put down some of my comments and views about the Browne Review, particularly in light of some of the slating it has been receiving. Here are some of my key views, not mentioning the issue of Value I mentioned previously.

Public Funding is being cut, it but the financial aid required to support students is being increased.
The Review has recommended a cut of c. £2.5bn from the current teaching grant and £0.4bn from maintenance grants, but this is offset by a £1.9bn increase in funding in fee loans (section 5.7, page 44). The outcome of this is … Continue Reading

Shouldn’t you be giving back to your university?

Reading many comments in response to the Browne Review, about which I am writing a more complex blog, I started to wonder where the balance lies between us paying for goods and services, having them provided for us through voluntary donations and having them provided through compulsory taxation.

This is quite a critical argument for Higher Education – after all, not everyone goes to University, yet to those people who want to they believe it should be free. But what about everyone who didn’t go? Are they happy that a proportion of the population should pay for it?

I think the Browne … Continue Reading

Higher Education Funding

There has been a lot of comment over the last couple of weeks from different groups about who should be paying for Higher Education. These comments have generally indicated that there are three beneficiaries of education: the state, the individual, and the employer; however employers are not taking a direct responsibility to pay for it. With the Higher Education funding review underway and due to report back in the Autumn, I have been thinking how this might be addressed and how it might possibly affect the work that I do.

I think the idea of a £10,000 a year tuition fee … Continue Reading