UUK report on fees sparks accusations of arrogance

UK“Vice-chancellors have been accused of complacency and arrogance after ‘fantasising’ about more than doubling tuition fees even as the recession worsens. The charge was levelled by the National Union of Students in response to a study published today on the future of fees. The report, produced for Universities UK by the consultancy CRA International, sets out eight possible scenarios, all based on the assumption that the cap will increase to either £5,000 or £7,000 a year. It is based on official sector data as well as interviews with 12 vice-chancellors from different types of institution. Although the research has been welcomed by some in the sector, including the Russell Group of large research-led universities, it has provoked anger in other quarters. Standing alongside the NUS, which balked at the prediction that student debt could double to an average of £32,000, was the University and College Union, which said that any increase in fees would be ‘incredibly unpopular’. Politicians have also weighed in despite the efforts to delay the political debate on fees until after the next general election …” (more)

[John Gill, Times Higher Education, 17 March]

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