Home > News and blog > Response to Prime Minister’s education and tuition fees proposals

Response to Prime Minister’s education and tuition fees proposals

Universities UK responded today to education reforms announced by the Prime Minister Theresa May. The proposals include plans that would require universities in England wanting to charge annual tuition fees of £6,000 or more to sponsor a school.

Responding to the proposals in the Prime Minister's speech, Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, said: "Universities already work closely with schools and colleges to raise aspirations and attainment. This ranges from outreach programmes and summer schools, to curriculum improvement, working with teachers, and providing information on progression to higher education. 

"Many universities have been sponsoring academies and involved in the establishment of new schools for some years now. Around half of universities in England sponsor a school.

"How this is done will vary enormously and depend on the university and on different local circumstances. It is important that any new proposals allow universities the flexibility to consider the evidence and target funding in a way that works best for the school and students to help raise attainment.

"We agree that prior school attainment is vital in terms of improving social mobility and there is more that universities can do in this area. This will be reflected in the recommendations of Universities UK's Social Mobility Advisory Group which is due to report later this month."

Notes

  1. Universities UK established a Social Mobility Advisory Group earlier this year to provide advice to government and support for English universities to improve access and long-term success for under-represented groups in higher education. It will report its recommendations later this month, presenting them to government. More information about Universities UK's Social Mobility Advisory Group is available on the Universities UK website
  2. Around 60 higher education institutions in England have sponsorship relationships with schools. For more on this, please see information from HEFCE on  Schools sponsored by higher education

Key Contacts

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Media Relations Manager
Universities UK

Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

Blog

Brighton rock and cough drops: UUK at the party conferences

5 October 2017
Mark Condren, UUK's Political Affairs Officer, highlights key points for universities in recent party conference speeches and fringe events.

Slimmed down Queen’s speech: anything for universities?

21 June 2017
Karmjit Kaur, Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK, discusses key points for the higher education sector in the Queen's speech.

News

Universities UK response to Office for Fair Access annual summary of institutions' access agreements

23 August 2017
Universities are working to better identify what support has the most impact and ensure that interventions are built on a strong evidence-based approach to boost social mobility.

Universities introducing further initiatives to tackle harassment

27 July 2017
Universities are continuing to introduce new initiatives and strategies to tackle harassment affecting university students. Universities UK has published a new directory of case studies highlighting innovation and best practice.