Prime Minister wrong to say top-up fees are a success, says UCU

27 February 2007

UCU today said the prime minister was wrong to praise his top-up fees policy and that their full impact is yet to be realised or properly analysed.

Responding to comments at today's monthly press conference where the prime minister said worries about tuition fees 'turned out to be misplaced', UCU joint general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'It was of course encouraging to see an increase in the number of students applying to university from the latest Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) figures, however we are yet to see any evidence of widening participation. UCAS should publish the backgrounds of university applicants so we can ascertain whether increased fees have hindered or helped open up access to university.

'The government needs to assess all the information available about the future of university funding, it must not cling to one piece of information to try and justify its top-up fee policy or use it to push for higher fees in the future.'
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