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Universities UK response to the review of post-18 education and funding call for evidence

Consultations and responses
3 May 2018

The post-18 education system in England transforms the lives of all those living in the UK.

It is integral to the UK’s creativity, cultural heritage and civil society. It creates the knowledge and skills that individuals will use over their lifetimes both at work and outside of work. It affects the earning power of individuals and how prosperity is shared across the localities and regional economies of the UK. It drives innovation and economic growth, is key to sustaining the UK’s ability to compete globally, and underpins policy-making and the delivery of public services.

In it's submission to the government's review of post-18 education and funding, Universities UK recommends:

              • ​the government should, in partnership with universities, provide more targeted information to prospective students on the costs and benefits of higher education

              • universities could develop their value for money statements, to better explain how pricing decisions for undergraduate courses are arrived at. These should explain how the university uses income from tuition fees, and other sources of income, to fund the student experience and other activities such as research

              • to deal with student​s’ concerns about living costs, new funding should be introduced to restore maintenance grants for those most in need

              • to help address students’ fears of debt, government should remove the interest rate that starts building from the start date of the course, and deliver better financial advice, especially on the difference between student loan debt and conventional debt ​

              • ​greater exploration of ways that learners can study more flexibly and piloting preferential loan repayment terms for subjects that address national skills shortages​

News

Students need better information about tuition fees and student loans – new survey

20 June 2018
Students need clearer and more accurate information about tuition fees and student loan repayments to help them decide whether to apply for a university course, according to a new survey of students.

Review must address confusion about tuition fees system

3 May 2018
The government’s review of post-18 education funding in England must address the lack of clarity around tuition fees and the costs and benefits of higher education, according to Universities UK.

Blog

Have we "miseducated a generation" about student finance?

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A survey of students by Universities UK and the National Education Opportunities Network (NEON) reveals that many students are not aware that student loans differ to conventional 'debt'.

Five things the university funding review must do

19 February 2018
Today, the Prime Minister launched the government's review of post-18 education and funding in England. UUK's Deputy Director of Policy Julie Tam sets out five things the review must do.