Responding to government plans to sell off student loans, UCU today said the government had to guarantee that people who had been through university would not suddenly be hit with increased or extended repayments.
UCU welcomed the passage of the Post-16 Bill, which includes key legislation on the governance of Scottish universities and plans to increase university applications from students from the most disadvantaged backgrounds
The spending review has proved to be another dark day for students under the coalition government, said UCU today. In his spending review this afternoon, George Osborne announced the government would be reducing the National Scholarship Programme (NSP) from £150m to £50m, freezing student grants and raising visa fees for overseas students.
The UK is falling behind other countries in terms of investment in higher education, despite findings today that show demand for highly-skilled, highly-educated workers is still rising faster than supply.
• Former Barnet College boss pocketed £203,000, but the college has still not honoured 0.7% pay rise for staff • Total cost of pay rise for Barnet and Southgate College staff is less than former principal's pay off • Six departing senior managers shared over £400,000