Students from the poorest families will leave university owing "substantially more" to the government than their richer peers, warns analysis of changes to student funding in the budget released today.
Responding to a new report launched today on a reformed system of technical education, UCU said unless the government looks again at devastating cuts of up to 24% then colleges will struggle to deliver the skills the country needs.
Less than a quarter (23%) of pupils at state schools and colleges who studied A-levels had progressed to one of the most selective universities by age 19 in 2012/13, compared to almost two-thirds (63%) from independent schools, according to new government figures released today.
UCU has condemned plans in today's budget to convert university maintenance grants for low income students into loans of up to £8,200 and has said it will oppose proposals to increase the maximum tuition fee in England beyond £9,000.
UCU last night won the coveted best campaign award at the TUC/Warners Trade Union Communications Awards. The union picked up the gong for its work in fighting against the 'Prevent duty' introduced as part of the 2015 Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.