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White Paper merely rearranges the higher-education deckchairs

Rama Thirunamachandran

Taken together, the tuition-fees regime that Parliament voted in last year and the higher education White Paper published last month have been heralded by some as greater marketisation of higher education that will improve student voice and choice, and drive up quality.

However, although there is much in the White Paper to commend, we find ourselves in a ‘market’ where the price (fees) remains capped and the supply (student numbers) is still firmly controlled by government.

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