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UCU comments on leaked news that Cambridge University will charge £9,000 fees

8 February 2011 | last updated: 11 December 2015

UCU today said that Cambridge University's plans to charge the full £9,000 fee with limited support for students from less well-off backgrounds exposed the problems of the new regime.

Commenting on the leak, UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'The new fees regime exposes just how far out of touch the cabinet is with hard-working families in this country. The majority of people do not pay to send their children to school and the majority of students will receive no financial support towards the hugely increased cost of higher education.

'We will have situations where students and families are forced to choose courses that best fit their budget, rather than following their dreams or fulfilling their potential. That is a terrible situation for the student, for their parents and for the country.
'We are not alone in expressing concerns that some universities will charge the full fee simply because they won't want their courses to be seen as inferior because they cost less. We are entering unchartered territory for universities, students and families and now starting to see just what a terrible move tripling fees and creating a market in degrees was. There are real worries that we may see some parents discourage their children from certain courses or even university altogether.'