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Student Funding Panel: an analysis of the design, impact and options for reform of the student fees and loans system in England

Report
15 June 2015

Report page Higher education transforms lives and provides the highly-skilled workforce needed by employers to thrive and for the UK to compete globally.

By 2022 it is projected that the UK economy will require around 2 million additional jobs in occupations requiring higher-level skills.

For higher education participation to expand to meet these needs the question of how it can be funded in an equitable, sustainable and affordable way comes very much to the fore.

This report from the independent Student Funding Panel, established by Universities UK, analyses the impact of the 2012 reforms to undergraduate student funding in England, identifies existing issues with the current fees and loans system, and assesses the options for reform.

Chaired by Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, the Student Funding Panel comprises university vice-chancellors and policy experts from outside the sector.​​​

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Findings from the Student Funding Panel's online survey and focus groups with students studying at member institutions.

The team

Rosalind Lowe

Rosalind Lowe

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Jovan Luzajic

Jovan Luzajic

Senior Policy Analyst
Universities UK

Julie Tam

Julie Tam

Assistant Director of Policy
Universities UK

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