For an 18-year-old with limited experience of the earnings and tax system, it's not easy to predict the long-term effects of borrowing £44,000 to fund their degree.
General secretary of the University and College Union
Sally Hunt is general secretary of the University and College Union (UCU).
Despite the government's changes, then, we still have a piece of proposed legislation which doesn't command the confidence of students and staff, and which represents a huge future risk to the taxpayer. Peers still have a chance to insist on stronger concessions and I hope they will do so today.
27/04/2017 12:54 BST
06/03/2017 11:50 GMT
To protect our students and the global reputation enjoyed by UK universities, we must have more rigorous quality measures applied before any new provider is allowed to access either degree awarding powers or state funding via the student loans system. And it's time for a major rethink on the Tef, which cannot be successful while so many question its value. Let's hope the minister is in listening mode.
09/01/2017 09:56 GMT
Research published this week supports the argument for a move to a system which relies on actual achievement rather than predicted achievement. Doing so would support staff and students to make better and more appropriate decisions. It would be fairer and more transparent.
09/12/2016 07:43 GMT
The evidence shows that prison education works and is effective in cutting reoffending. Our prisons should focus on that positive and be geared towards making education more accessible. Books are a key building block of education and vital in efforts to cut reoffending rates.
25/03/2014 15:13 GMT
An advert for an unpaid research post was taken down yesterday just 30 minutes after the University and College Union (UCU) released a statement condemning the practice of getting researchers to work for free.<a href=" http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=420773&c=1 " target="_hplink"> http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=420773&c=1 </a>
06/08/2012 13:29 BST
While it is encouraging that the vast majority of students are satisfied with their course at present the government could be storing up serious problems in the future if it really expects the university sector to deliver even more for less.
17/08/2011 19:35 BST