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Whose to lose? Citizens, institutions and the ownership of higher education funding in a devolved UK

  • 26 February 2015
  • By Lucy Hunter Blackburn
  • HEPI number 72

This HEPI paper, Whose to Lose?: Citizens, institutions and the ownership of higher education funding in a devolved UK, considers the different undergraduate support systems in place across the UK, with a particular focus on the portable fee grant available to Welsh-domiciled students.

The questions discussed include:

  • To whom does the higher education budget of Wales belong – institutions, taxpayers or students?
  • Are people living in Scotland and Northern Ireland unfairly constrained from studying outside their home areas by higher costs?
  • Should all UK undergraduates be able to take their funding with them when studying elsewhere in the EU?

Higher education highlights some of the big conundrums raised by greater devolution. So the issues in this pamphlet are critical not only to the future of the UK’s higher education sector, but also to the future make-up of the UK – and its relationship with other European states.

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This report has been submitted to the Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance Arrangements in Wales.

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