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Treasury priorities could damage universities

Government accounting rules risk "loss of public confidence in higher education”.

Plugging the hole that is being created in government finances could result in a loss of public trust, according to an analysis published today by the Higher Education Policy Institute.

The 15-month investigation by Andrew McGettigan, a freelance writer, argues that the shortfall in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ budget can be filled only if loan repayment terms are made less favourable to borrowers. But McGettigan told HE: "The government would be ill-advised to privilege the question of financial sustainability over public goodwill towards higher education."

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