UK University Future

Lord Browne – he who exited BP just in time – has been charged with examining fees and financial support for full and part-time students, including post-graduates. The idea of “Go now. Pay later” is probably untenable, whether the money comes in as a loan repayment or a graduate tax. The elephant in the sitting room is the grim truth that there are less and less overseas customers for our increasingly dumbed-down tertiary education. I wonder if he will be drawn to the highly successful “needs blind” programme of his alma mater Stanford University whose fees range from zero to the full whack. Of course that would mean cutting loose a UK Ivy League of Oxbridge, Imperial, LSE, St Andrews, Edinburgh, UCL, etc and running the rest as techs and day colleges.

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