Posts Tagged “universities”

Mike Moritz’s gift to Oxford: a couple of thoughts from me

by Stephen Tall on July 12, 2012

Oxford University was yesterday able to unveil what is probably the largest ever pledged donation towards student financial assistance in the history of any European university. The bountiful benefactor? Mike Moritz, Welsh son of an academic emigre father who fled (…)

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The Coalition and Tuition Fees: history may well be kinder (though that may be too late for the Lib Dems)

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2012

One of the first posts I ever blogged, over 7 years ago, explained my support for tuition fees, and why it would be in the interests of the Lib Dems to to drop their opposition to them. Ironically, given how (…)

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Join me Friday, 12 noon, on the Guardian’s #HElivechat – The future of philanthropy in higher education

by Stephen Tall on February 17, 2012

I’m one of the panel members on the Guardian’s live chat about the role that philanthropy can play in the future of university funding (Friday 17 February, 12pm – 2pm GMT): With an 80% cut in public spending set to (…)

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Sometimes, the best thing government can do is back off. (Or ‘Putting an end to the dependency culture in our universities’)

by Stephen Tall on February 15, 2012

By nature I’m an optimist. But sometimes, usually when reading The Guardian, I become depressed by the sight of intelligent people indulging in some form of middle-class dependency culture. Here’s an example I came across today. It’s an article by (…)

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Tuition fees: three quick reflections on this week’s debate

by Stephen Tall on February 2, 2012

I’ve blogged a few times this week about the post-£9k tuition fees university application figures — here are a further three quick thoughts: Mature students Largely missing from the media’s coverage of the headline-grabbing drop in overall applications, is the (…)

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Dr Pack & Mr Tall Debate… Tuition fees: what should Lib Dem party policy now be?

by Stephen Tall on February 2, 2012

Over at LibDemVoice, Mark Pack and I debate how Lib Dem party higher education policy can move forward now £9k tuition fees are a reality. You can find the original piece, with comments thread, here. Below is the blatantly copy (…)

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Liam Burns, tuition fees and the death of irony

by Stephen Tall on January 27, 2012

With tuition fees of up to £9k due to kick-in for this year’s university entrants, the thorny issue of application numbers is bound to generate controversy: has the price hike deterred potential students, or had no effect? The release of (…)

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£6k versus £9k tuition fees: the real impact in pictures

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2011

Today’s announcement by Ed Miliband that Labour would double, not treble, tuition fees from the current £3k pa has prompted much vigorous discussion already. But what would be the actual impact for different income groups of the change in policy? To find out, I fed different figures into Martin Lewis’s Student Finance Calculator. I made one assumption: that all students would need to take out the maximum maintenance loan to live on while studying. Here’s what the figures show…

Ed Miliband on tuition fees: £6k not £9k. The reaction so far…

by Stephen Tall on September 25, 2011

Rejoice! Rejoice! Labour has a policy. Party leader Ed Miliband has vowed that, if Labour were in government now, they would double tuition fees to £6k from the current £3k level set by the last Labour government with immediate effect. In other words, they would undercut the Coalition’s £9k fees by £3k. Here are some […]

‘The Hughes Report’: Lib Dem MP’s 33 recommendations to improve access to higher education

by Stephen Tall on July 24, 2011

Last week saw the publication by Simon Hughes, the Government’s advocate for higher education access, of his report for the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister on how more young people can be encouraged to apply for university. It’s received little attention, perhaps understandably given the current frenetic news cycles — but it’s a shame […]