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Browne review: Tuition fee cap should be lifted

12th October 2010

A government report into university funding has recommended that the cap on student tuition fees is lifted from the current GBP 3,290.

Lord Browne, the review's author, calls for the cap to be removed so universities can set their own fees, but recommended any institution that charges more than GBP 6,000 has to contribute to a levy to support students from poorer backgrounds.

'Once we do this, we will allow generations of students to reshape their higher education experience. Their choices will build a vibrant, well-funded and tailored university sector,' the report reads.

The review also suggests the salary threshold at which the fees are paid back by students should be increased from its current GBP 15,000 to GBP 21,000.

Welcoming the long-awaited study, universities minister David Willetts claimed the present higher education funding system is in need of an overhaul to improve standards of teaching and research.

However, business secretary Vince Cable said that the recommendations will have to be assessed in light of their impact on student debt, to ensure universities have solid funding while remaining able to attract people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
 

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