Wide ranging student review announced
Estelle Morris, secretary of state for education and skills, has announced a “wide-ranging and fundamental review” into higher education in England.
The current system of tuition fees and student loans has been deeply unpopular, with the abolition of grants in 1997 facing particular criticism. A recent report in the Guardian newspaper claimed that there was disagreement between key departments over future student funding.
A “graduate tax” of 3p in the £1, providing increased university funding and a universal £3800 maintenance grant, has been suggested by the Department for Education and Skills. The Treasury favours a means tested grant of up to £2700 and abandonment of the current student loan system, according to the Guardian.
The Liberal Democrats' shadow secretary, Phil Willis, emphasised the exceptional difficulties faced by medical students. He told the House of Commons that “the point about whether it is good for students to go to work is