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Higher Education and Research Bill 2017

14 July 2016

Keep profit out of higher education

UCU briefings on the 2017 Higher Education and Research Bill

Government rushes through dangerous higher education bill

The controversial Higher Education and Research Bill completed its passage through parliament on 27 April 2017. MPs and peers agreed to a number of watered down amendments to ensure the bill became law before this parliamentary session ended. Writing in the Huffington Post, Sally Hunt said that in the rush to get it through, the government had managed keep its long-term plans to marketise the sector firmly on track.

Read UCU's final briefing for peers ahead of the House of Commons debate on 26 April 2017:

HE bill - UCU briefing for Commons consideration of Lords amendments [305kb]

During the bill's passage through both chambers, UCU has briefed MPs and peers, and suggested various amendments to the bill:

HE bill: Lords second reading briefing, Dec 16 [470kb]

HE bill - Commons report stage and third reading briefing from UCU, Nov 2016 [463kb]

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt gave oral evidence to a committee of MPs in September 2016 and UCU has also made a formal written submission:

HE bill committee submission, Sep 16 [520kb]

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Last updated: 25 January 2022