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No winners as MPs vote in favour of £9,000 fees, says UCU

9 December 2010 | last updated: 11 December 2015

UCU said today that there were no winners in plans to lift the cap on fees to replace the money lost through an 80% cut to university teaching budgets.

MPs voted to lift the cap on university tuition fees from £3,290 to £9,000 a year. The government's majority was slashed from 84 to 21.
UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Allowing fees to rise to £9,000 paves the way for the government to brutally slash universities' teaching budgets. There will be no winners if we transfer the responsibility and cost for higher education from state to student.
'Students will see the cost of their degree rocket and universities will have to charge much higher fees just to recoup the money the government is taking away in budget cuts. This battle is not over and we will continue to fight the cuts institution by institution.'
A UCU report released today revealed that universities would have to charge an average fee of close to £7,000 just to maintain current funding levels. More on that can be found at: Universities will have to charge £7,000 annual fees just to break even