Urgent action is needed to safeguard the unique opportunities offered by studying part-time

Enrolment in part-time studies has dropped dramatically in the last few years, partly due to the government raising the cap on tuition fees in 2010.  Guy Collender argues that, by providing opportunities for the workforce to re-train and upgrade skills, this form of studying is valuable to individuals and society. We must therefore act urgently to stem the tide. Part-time higher […]

The government’s Higher Education reforms are moving England further towards a US model of higher education

As part of our special series on higher education Anna Zimdars reflects on the government’s Higher Education reforms and explores the possibility that, under the new fees regime, the US and English systems are converging. While there are definitely trends in this direction, it is notable that US higher education places a much greater emphasis on the potential for personal […]

The new tuition fees regime is radically transforming patterns of student mobility within Higher Education

It is now the case that for UK students only Australia, Canada and the US are more expensive places than England to pursue a degree. Rachel Brooks explores the ramifications this is having for patterns of student mobility within higher education, demonstrating that they are more complex then many might initially assume.  As research on the international mobility of UK […]

The government’s Higher Education reforms have put the public infrastructure of teaching and research at serious risk

This academic year has seen the entry of the first cohort of undergraduate students under the new fees regime. In the first article of a British Politics and Policy special feature John Holmwood reflects on this new regime and the broader changes which brought it about, arguing that higher education has a enduring public value which is obscured within the […]

Reforms to higher education finance: the main ‘winner’ from the reforms is the taxpayer while the main ‘loser’ is the average graduate

Haroon Chowdry, Lorraine Dearden, and Wenchao (Michelle) Jin analyse the financial implications of the reforms to higher education finance for students, graduates, taxpayers and universities. The reforms will save taxpayers money and the poorest 29 per cent of graduates will actually be better off under the new system, but the average graduate will be worse off. The Government’s reforms to higher […]

There are large gaps in the knowledge about the costs and benefits of higher education amongst students

Applications for university places have fallen largely due to a trebling of university fees and students’ lack of knowledge of how fees will be paid. Sandra McNally, Martin McGuigan and Gill Wyness show that supplying year 10 students with accessible information can reverse the fears of those who believe that university is simply too expensive. Applications for university places are down […]

The new higher education fees regime could be damaging for the UK economy

Paul Whiteley discusses his research into the relationship between enrolments in higher education and economic growth. He finds a significant positive correlation, meaning that the cuts in higher education funding could have negative implications for future economic growth.  After the 2010 general election the newly elected coalition government in Britain introduced a radical new policy for the funding of higher education. The policy was […]

It’s about time we challenged the views of those who wrongly claim that only a handful of universities deliver social mobility

No one yet knows the full impact that the fee changes will have on many underrepresented communities. Pam Tatlow argues that the diversification of student bodies amidst fee changes must start with a challenge to the elitism that pervades the social mobility debate. Notwithstanding warm words from Ministers or the critiques of those who believe that higher education should be […]

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