We find ourselves mere weeks from the General Election in May, and yet the policies that will form the blueprint for higher education remain murky and confused.
Many current students at Bournemouth University appear that to have now accepted £9,000 tuition fees as the norm and are even prepared for the possibility that the next Government could increase them further. They described fees to me as "money that you don't see", and were instead far more concerned with day-to-day survival...
Students as a demographic have always been, and probably always will be, protest voters. They crave the anti-establishment parties which claim to offer some sort of utopia. But, it is not a coincidence that the less power a party has, the more outlandish promises they will make in the run up to an election.
I see a generation weary of business of usual. I see a generation that knows what it wants and is beginning to get mobilised and fight for it. I see a generation set to topple the old order, banish the archaic and the corrupt and the broken, and usher in a progressive future. I see a generation set to pull us back from the brink and change the world. Westminster sees it too, and nothing could terrify it more.
Higher education is one of the most lucrative exports Britain has got. Not only is it worth about £70billion to the economy, but the country's top universities play a crucial role in consolidating Britain's withering reputation as a global superpower. With that in mind, any move to stifle industrial investment amounts to little more than a horrifically irresponsible, self-inflicted shot in the foot...
The people who like to portray Labour as living in cloud-cuckoo land are the sort of people who'd take a financial hit from a Labour administration. They're some of the richest people in the country, and they're squealing at the thought of seeing some of their advantages go swirling down the plughole.
Students have been arrested, sprayed with tear gas and threatened with tasers at the University of Warwick, after a peaceful education protest turned violent on Wednesday.
The real mystery is how the UK economy has managed to do so well in the recent past given the performance of our neighbours. The general consensus is that this momentum will not continue and that growth will slow next year. The risk is that growth slows more quickly than expected and that we find ourselves in a similar position to the rest of Europe as inflation continues to decline.
Record numbers of students are attending university this year and young people choosing to further their education is something that I'm hugely in favour of. What I can't support, however, is a free for all in universities which simply don't have the infrastructure to deal with the rising numbers, but who are happy to benefit financially from them...
We are angry. Tuition fees are £9,000. Student debt on graduation now averages over £40,000... Our debts are on a scale unthinkable even a decade ago. Life-shaping debts. Debts so large that they determine what jobs we look for, where we live and even whether to start a family.
Labour would be best rethinking this potential pledge before it is announced. A cut in tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000 will not help Labour successfully captured the student vote. It will instead send a message to students that they agree with the tuition fees policy implemented by the coalition.
A wondrous event took place in London town last night. A premiere like no other, vInspired's Swing The Vote set out to reveal what's remained a secret 'til now: exactly what will get the UK's 18-24 year olds to the ballot box next summer.
When people steal from the state through benefit fraud (usually out of desperation), there's public outcry. But when the state steals from the people by failing to provide even a basic standard of living, whilst corruption and tax evasion runs unchecked, we're told it's all part of a necessary strategy for economic recovery.
How universities can expect Arts students, for example, to pay £9,000 for a reading-based degree with the essential ingredients not included, I don't know... Expensive reading lists are an irritating, tiresome and unnecessary addition to the financial burden already placed on students, and it makes the annual £9,000 tuition fee seem even more of a rip-off than we originally thought.
Too many academics still spend too much of their time in ivory towers and not engaging their students... modern students want to change this. Academics will have to change too.
After four years as a Soas student, I'm about to graduate with a considerable amount of debt, albeit not compared to those now paying historic £9000 ...