That funding be restored to HEIs and tuition fees abolished
Responsible department: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Reforms to Higher Education are damaging, regressive and strike at the heart of our society.
Investment in education bolsters the economy, with a return of almost £3 for every £1 spent. According to a study by Universities UK, the HE Sector alone has generated over £45bn in UK output, whilst providing 2.5% of the jobs in the workforce .
The damage to social mobility will be staggering. Tuition fees disproportionally discourage those from poorer backgrounds, as well as female and disabled students, from entering Higher Education . We must widen access, not restrict it.
We, the undersigned, call upon the Government to scrap the reforms to Higher Education; to reinstate public funding to HEIs to a level comparable to pre-2011; and to abolish tuition fees.
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