University finances are heading for a toxic time

UK“Last month, Universities UK published a report detailing the views of the country’s 133 vice-chancellors on the future of university funding. They feel that tuition fees will have to rise to at least £5,000 a year. The UUK report highlights the financial uncertainty facing universities – uncertainty that has understandably increased during the recession. This situation is all too evident in my constituency. Reading University has been told to cut its student numbers. Reading has reluctantly had to take a decision based on tight finances rather than the quality of provision. It will cut its oversubscribed health and social care department simply because it costs more to teach social care courses …” (more)

[Rob Wilson, Guardian, 14 April]

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