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The government’s proposals for higher education funding and student finance – an analysis

  • 11 November 2010
  • By John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia
  • HEPI number 50

The government has recently announced its policy intentions towards higher education and student finance, in response to the Browne Review’s recommendations.  In this report we first provide a summary of the differences between the Browne Review and the government’s proposals. We then look at whether these proposals meet the two main objectives: to reduce public expenditure and to improve the quality of university teaching by increasing student choice; we also examine the claim that the repayment scheme is progressive. Those who leave university without a qualification have been airbrushed out of the debate; we consider how the proposals will affect them. Finally we describe the likely responses to the changes of prospective students, universities and government.

New versions of the full report and annexes were uploaded on 22 November 2010 and an addendum was published on 14 December 2010.

Download HEPI’s modified version of the BIS Ready Reckoner spreadsheet which shows details of the calculations we made to produce this report. (This file is large (22MB) and may take a considerable time to download.  The workbook contains functions which are not available in earlier versions of Excel.)

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