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Cutting remarks

Teaching grant cuts and a value-for-money review spell bad news for universities

As government ministers prepare to host the Education World Forum in London today, they might reflect that had tuition fees in England risen with inflation since 2012, they would now stand at £10,700 a year. The cap of £9,250 therefore represents a real-terms cut of 13.5 per cent in the value of undergraduate fees.

Both the Augar report and the Labour Party’s election manifesto recommended a freeze on the fee cap for a further three years—this would amount to a 20 per cent real-terms cut. Index-linked fees ought to have been worth £11,550 by the start of the academic year in 2023.

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