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Binning the bill is bad for Britain

Paul Marshall

So, is this the end to the growth in private higher education in the UK? Last month’s news that the higher education bill could be delayed, maybe shelved, caused celebrations among many opponents of private provision. But I believe this was a hollow victory.

For more than a year, there has been speculation about the role of private higher education institutions. My position on this issue is simple: if private providers deliver the education and support their students demand, then that will force ‘traditional’ universities to consider how they can enhance their student experience. That challenge is good for students and will help raise educational standards.

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