Gill Wyness

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    Paying for higher education – what are the parties proposing?

Paying for higher education – what are the parties proposing?

University financing has again emerged as a key battleground issue. Should fees be regulated lower and if so, how will the cost be financed? Gill Wyness explores these questions.

The UK has dramatically increased the supply of graduates over the last four decades. The proportion of workers with higher education has risen from only 4.7 per cent in 1979 to 28.5 per cent in […]

Education in Scotland: Performance in a devolved policy area

As the people of Scotland consider their vote in next year’s referendum, what evidence is there that the nation can succeed ‘on its own’? Gill Wyness, Stephen Machin and Sandra McNally explore how Scotland compares with the rest of the UK in education, an area of public policy that is already highly devolved.  When considering whether or not Scotland should […]

The government’s plans to place a levy on early student loan repayments will change little and add an unnecessary layer of complexity to the system

The government’s changes to how undergraduate education is financed means that those who earn more will pay a higher rate of interest repayments. Concerned that the most affluent will simply repay their fees early to avoid paying this higher interest, the government is considering introducing a levy on early repayments. Gill Wyness argues that this policy is unnecessary. There is […]

Research suggests that higher education finance has had a limited role to play in participation. But given the substantial increase in tuition fees from 2012 this may not continue to be the case

The cap on tuition fees will rise to £9,000 in 2012. Gill Wyness reviews the evidence on the impact of past fee increases on young people’s decisions to go to university and finds that tuition fees, grants and loans have all had limited impacts on participation which is determined more by prior educational attainment. However, current analytical modelling cannot adequately […]