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Higher education bill clears Lords

The higher education and research bill has been passed by peers and will now return to the House of Commons, where MPs will vote on the amendments introduced.

The amendments to the bill include six opposition and cross-bench amendments. The first is that the Teaching Excellence Framework should not be used to inform tuition-fee levels in England. The second is that the framework should be clearer in its expectations of universities, which the current "medals" proposal does not offer.

The third amendment seeks to ensure that universities will be allowed to appeal against any decision to strip them of their title and degree-awarding powers on the grounds that the decision was wrong, rather than because of any flaws in the process.

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