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Fair trade in England

The Office of Fair Trading has launched an investigation into undergraduate study, writes Alison Goddard.

A government body that aims to make markets work well for consumers has today announced that it will examine undergraduate education in England. The BBC highlights the existing difficulties in regulating higher education in England, The Times says (£) universities are under pressure to demonstrate that they are not misselling degree courses and The Daily Telegraph says it will (£) examine competition between universities. We have an article, available only to subscribers to HE, which examines the scope of the inquiry, which will cover fee setting, competition between universities, access to information and regulation.

The Independent has an interview with Anthony Grayling, head of the New College of the Humanities, in which he argues that the tuition fee cap should rise to reflect the cost of providing high-quality education.

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