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Higher Education: Students at the Heart of the System. An Analysis of the Higher Education White Paper

  • 17 August 2011
  • By John Thompson and Bahram Bekhradnia
  • HEPI number 54

This report analyses the Government’s White Paper on the future of higher education. It concludes that the Government’s policies will succeed in their most important aim – that of reducing the level of tuition fees. However, the price will be much greater government control over universities than in the past, and a system where market mechanisms have had to be sacrificed to central direction. The reforms are also likely to lead to a polarized sector with a small number of institutions charging the maximum fee of £9000 and the majority reducing their fees to around £7500. The report concludes further that there are serious doubts about whether the new funding arrangements will lead to savings on the scale predicted by the government.

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