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Labour ends its conference today calling itself a government-in-waiting, while universities are waiting to hear exactly what that might mean for them.

When the Labour Party conference ends today, prospective students will know what to expect from a Labour government—no fees. For others involved in higher education, the picture is not so clear. Will this mean less money for universities, and, if so, what areas are likely to be cut back? What about student numbers? And what exactly is the National Education Service? We tackle this last question today in HE.

When Jeremy Corbyn gives his leader’s speech at today’s conference, he is expected to tell supporters that Labour is “on the threshold of power”, although plans to set up a commission to imagine what the NES will look like suggest the expectation is that a general election is still some way off.

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