Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Andrew Adonis, the Labour politician behind the introduction of tuition fees, asks how “we got from the idea of reasonable contribution to the cost of university tuition … to today’s Frankenstein monster of £50,000-plus debts” and says tuition fees of … Continue reading Former Labour politician who introduced tuition fees says they shouldn’t have been increased and thinks they should be scrapped

Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt

The abolition of maintenance grants in 2015 has disproportionately affected the poorest, according the Institute of Fiscal Studies. Richer students would run up much smaller debts, it was found. Jack Britton, one of the IFS report’s authors, said that changes … Continue reading Poorest students finish university with £57,000 debt

Damian Green accepts Tories must “change hard” to woo young voters

Damian Green insists Tories must “change hard” to woo young voters, and thinks the issue of tuition fees and the subsequent debt must be discussed. He added: “If you wanted to say you want to reduce [fees] then either fewer … Continue reading Damian Green accepts Tories must “change hard” to woo young voters

University of Manchester student union says George Osborne’s appointment as ‘honorary professor’ is disasteful and upsetting

The student union of the University of Manchester have responded to the appointment of George Osborne as ‘honorary professor’, saying the decision “seemed to overlook Osborne’s dire record as the administrator of six years of austerity in the UK.” The … Continue reading University of Manchester student union says George Osborne’s appointment as ‘honorary professor’ is disasteful and upsetting

Tory manifesto pledge on teacher tuition fees dropped causing concern to head teachers

The Conservative manifesto promised teachers wouldn’t have to pay tuition fees while they remained in teaching, which would help to tackle teacher shortages. However, head teachers observed the government has “gone quiet” on the issue after it failed to be … Continue reading Tory manifesto pledge on teacher tuition fees dropped causing concern to head teachers

Young people are pessimistic about Britain’s deep social mobility problem

Alan Milburn, who heads the commission that monitors progress towards social mobility, has discussed the results of a survey which questioned almost 5,000 adults about issues pertaining to equality. 51% of 18 to 24 year olds think where people end … Continue reading Young people are pessimistic about Britain’s deep social mobility problem