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UCU response to IFS report on university tuition fees

5 July 2017 | last updated: 7 July 2017

Commenting on a new report released today from the Institute for Fiscal Studies illustrating the effects of changes to higher education finance since 2012, UCU said the time had come for the complex issue of student funding to be revisited, with business paying its fair share.

UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said: 'Successive governments' efforts to transfer the bill for higher education teaching onto graduates have created unsustainable levels of debt, with students from low and middle income backgrounds being hit the hardest by the repayment burden. 

'Politicians of all stripes are now recognising that the complex issue of student funding must be revisited. UCU believes that the time has come for a key beneficiary of higher education, business, to pay its fair share of the cost.'