Posts Tagged “tuition fees”

Tuition fees blindness

by Stephen Tall on June 2, 2016

Embed from Getty Images Two things frustrate me about the debate, bubbling up again, about university tuition fees. First, those who decry the current system and then call for a graduate tax, given that the current system is de facto (…)

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A student tells it like it is on tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on April 8, 2015

Kudos to @GuitaringLancey, who aced it on last night’s BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat election debate:

“It’s not the policy, it’s the pledge.” Ed Miliband joins the tuition fees U-turn Clegg club

by Stephen Tall on February 20, 2015

“It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up” originated with Watergate. There’s a British political equivalent now: “It’s not the policy, it’s the pledge”. First, it applied to the Lib Dems. My party’s infamous U-turn on fees has bedevilled Nick Clegg (…)

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Who are the three groups of voters more likely to vote Lib Dem in 2015? I was surprised…

by Stephen Tall on January 28, 2015

An interesting snippet from British Future’s excellent State of the Nation 2015 report: In the State of the Nation poll, first time voters (14%), ethnic minority respondents (15%) and those born abroad (12%) were more likely to say they plan to vote (…)

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Why Lib Dems shouldn’t keep schtum about tuition fees

by Stephen Tall on August 14, 2014

“University tuition fee rise has not deterred poorer students from applying”. That was the headline in The Guardian this week reporting new analysis by the Independent Commission on Fees chaired by Will Hutton: The raising of tuition fees to £9,000 has not put off students from disadvantaged backgrounds from applying to university – although the […]

Highest ever rate of applications to university from poorer students new UCAS figures show

by Stephen Tall on July 25, 2014

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) has just published the latest figures of students applying to university this year according to free school meal status. What they show is that a higher proportion of pupils from low-income backgrounds are (…)

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The two Orange Bookers who’ve won over the Lib Dem membership

by Stephen Tall on May 22, 2014

It’s 10 years since The Orange Book was published. Edited by David Laws and Paul Marshall it was widely regarded as an attempt by economic liberals within the Lib Dems to wrest back control of the party from social liberals. Both Laws and Marshall would argue their attempt at ‘reclaiming liberalism’ (the book’s sub-title) was […]

Tuition fees: still a good policy

by Stephen Tall on April 10, 2014

It’s a little over 9 years since I first wrote about tuition fees and specifically the Lib Dems’ then commitment to abolishing them. I criticised the party’s anti-fees policy as “seriously flawed, and risks condemning British universities and students to (…)

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University applications at record high levels post-fees – including from disadvantaged areas – yet again

by Stephen Tall on January 31, 2014

Well, this is all getting very repetitive. UCAS has published the latest statistics on full-time undergraduate applications to higher education in the UK this year. And yet again it’s shown that – despite the hyperbolic fears of those who said (…)

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The social divide of access to higher education: my take on what universities need to get better at. (Hint: EVIDENCE)

by Stephen Tall on January 24, 2014

I took part in the first ‘Directors Debate’ yesterday – on the real value and true price of scholarships in higher education – organised by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education at Senate House in London yesterday. We had 5 (…)

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