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Voters are unhappy with tuition fees: Voters in England and Wales are unhappy with tuition fees and the scrapping of student grants, according to a MORI poll conducted for the Times Higher Education Supplement. 63% of respondents thought tuition fees and repayable loans would deter people from going to university and 73% thought maintenance grants should be reintroduced.
Abolishing tuition fees may be “illegal”: Northern Ireland's minister for higher and further education, Sean Farren, said that abolishing tuition fees would be “politically unacceptable” as it would probably be in breach of equity legislation. More than 30% of students study outside the province and so would not be covered by the provision. Dr Farren's support package will include bursaries of up to £1500 for full time graduates whose family income is £15 000 or less.
Health and tobacco do not mix: The International Federation of Medical Students (IFMSA) and the World