Follow the day’s political developments as they happen, including prime minister’s This Morning interview about attempts to reduce some university fees 1.56pm GMT The foreign secretary has compared a dead monkey’s head to a Labour backbencher.The UK’s chief diplomat muttered the remark after asking officers what species a trophy monkey was during a visit to […]
What can we expect from the sweeping review into post-18 education and funding?It has been on the cards since the Conservatives promised a major review of funding across tertiary education in their election manifesto last May. With graduate debt running at £50,000 upwards, there has been growing concern about the cost of going to university […]
How does a planned review into higher education affect you, and what value do you think university education has in your situation?Theresa May will deliver a speech on Monday announcing a review of higher education funding, warning universities they may need to charge less for some courses. Related: May warns universities over high cost of […]
Calls for windfall tax as data shows PFI profits will equal 20% of extra £1.3bn for schools Schools will have paid £4.8bn to private finance initiative operators by 2020, generating an estimated £270m of profits for the companies from taxpayer money, analysis has revealed.The study has bolstered calls for a windfall tax on the PFI […]
Theresa May is right to criticise current tuition fees. The whole system needs overhaulingBritain’s student loan scheme is the worst public-sector project in modern history. It has put the nation’s graduates £100bn in the red, currently predicted to rise to £330bn by 2044, of which three-quarters will not be repaid. The rest is dumped on […]
Trust founded by colonial tycoon aims to bring prestigious graduate scheme into 21st centuryThe Rhodes scholarship – the oldest and most prestigious international graduate award – is to be opened to applicants from Britain and the rest of the world for the first time, the Rhodes Trust is to announce. Continue reading...
These radical places across the UK that encourage the spirit of inquiry are in danger of being taken for granted and need protectingLast Sunday afternoon was the classic start to February half-term: the rain was sheeting down outside, and we’d already played every game in the cupboard and watched too much TV. My sons, aged […]
PM’s proposal to cut charges for courses including humanities is branded unworkable by critics Theresa May is to press ahead with attempts to force universities to charge less for some courses based on their costs and potential graduate earnings, despite critics within her own party and the higher education sector branding the move incoherent and […]