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Welfare Reform on the Web (March 1999): Education - UK - Higher

GOVERNMENT GETS ITS SUMS WRONG OVER MOVE TO CHARGE UNIVERSITY TUITION FEES

S. Targett
Financial Times, 30th June 1998, p. 12

Reports fall in numbers of university applications following introduction of tuition fees. Across the UK, applications for degree courses have fallen by 2.1% and applications for HND courses by 15.2%. With universities also suffering a drop in overseas applicants, fee reforms could halt the expansion of higher education and threaten the financial stability of some institutions.

STUDENT MOBILITY IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY

House of Lords. Select Committee on the European Communities
London: TSO, 1998 (Session 1997/98, 27th report, House of Lords Paper 116)

Reports that there are 72,000 British students studying in other European universities and 117,000 European students in British universities. The 45,000 difference costs the UK £100 million a year, and, at a time when the government is limiting places, the European students are denying entry to British students. British students should be encouraged to study in Europe to reduce the imbalance, and universities should run intensive language courses to enable students to take up opportunities to study abroad.

UNION CALLS FOR FIRMS TO PAY CONTRIBUTION TO EDUCATION

K. Fox
Personnel To-day, 18 June 1998, p. 7

Association of University Teachers (AUT) in its submission to the Government's spending review proposes that firms with large profits should have their corporation tax increased by 1% to channel money into higher education. The tax money would be used to buy a "higher education bond". Employers would receive six-monthly interest payments during the term of the bond. On maturity, it would revert to the employer, who would then buy another. Employers could also exchange the bond and interest for higher education courses for staff.

UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CHALLENGE

N. Bannister
Guardian, 1 July 1998, p. 23

The University Challenge Fund is a competitive scheme to turn research into business with organisations able to apply for money to set up their own University Challenge Seed Funds. Winning universities will have to raise 25% of the total seed fund in cash through donations or interest free loans. Universities which succeed in tripling money received from the Fund will be allowed to spend surpluses for any purposes of their own choosing.

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