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What bailout?

Universities need more support, but getting it will be a hard fight

The Telegraph called it a “lifeline” but sector leaders could be forgiven for considering it more of a straw to cling to. The government’s financial support package for universities, announced last week to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, has left higher education and research feeling markedly short-changed. 

The £100 million in quality-related funding brought forward amounts to just five per cent of the QR top-up that Universities UK pitched for in a bailout request to the government, while an extra £2.6 billion brought forward in tuition fee payments to institutions will offer relief only in the short term. As universities try to grapple with the expected hit to fee income in the next academic year, this feels like a payday for Paul that will shortly leave institutions heavily exposed again.

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