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Ministers should stop universities going bust, say students

More than three-quarters of students believe the government should step in to help universities that are at risk of closure, according to a survey carried out by the Higher Education Policy Institute.

Hepi canvassed the opinions of more than 1,000 students across the UK, asking them for their opinions on university finances. While some 77 per cent said they thought ministers should intervene if financial problems put their institution at risk, 83 per cent said they were confident that their own university was in a strong position financially.

Meanwhile, around half (51 per cent) said they thought that if their university closed then they should get their tuition fee money back, with one in three (32 per cent) in favour of their university merging with another institution in the event of threatened closure.

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