UCU response to Lords' report on the future of education funding

UCU today welcomed a report from the House of Lords' Economic Affairs Committee that criticised the scrapping of maintenance grants for the poorest university students.

The wide-ranging report says more must be done to reverse the decline in part-time study opportunities and calls for the government to scrap its target for 3 million apprenticeships as it says the target focuses attention on quantity over quality.

UCU general secretary Sally Hunt said: 'This is a timely report and we hope Philip Augar and the panel reviewing post-18 education will study its findings.

'Now, more than ever, we must be able to offer decent opportunities for people to improve their skills, and to learn new ones. Part-time study and further education colleges will be central to that mission if it is to succeed. So we welcome the report's call for better funding for all forms and institutions in further and higher education.

'We back the report's call to scrap the 3 million apprenticeship target. What was an ambitious target is now a millstone round the government's neck and the Lords are right to highlight how this has led to a priority of quantity over quality.'

Last updated: 20 June 2018