Commenting on Ed Miliband's announcement to cut tuition fees to a maximum of £6,000 a year and raise the level of maintenance grant available to students, UCU said it welcomed any reduction in the cost of accessing higher education. However, it said that what students and staff really need is a long-term funding solution for universities which allows all who would benefit to go.
UCU has warned that cuts of up to a quarter in funding for adult learning courses risks decimating further education provision and leaving millions of the most vulnerable adults without access to any opportunity to improve their education.
The government failed to heed explicit warnings about the dangers of vast sums of public money being given to for-profit higher education colleges, says a report from an influential group of MPs released today.
David Cameron's plans to force young people not in employment, education or training (the so-called NEETs) to undertake work to receive benefits expose his party's lack of understanding of the problems too many young people face, said UCU.
UCU today welcomed plans from the Labour party for more apprenticeships. Labour leader Ed Miliband said private companies bidding for public sector contracts would be required to have two year apprenticeships.
UCU today welcomed Labour's guarantee to protect the education budget. In a speech this morning, Labour leader Ed Miliband said a Labour government would protect the overall education budget, including further education.