It was inevitable, I suppose, that universities would eventually lift charges to their students to take account of inflation. It was also inevitable that their ability to do so would be linked to the quality of the teaching. After all, if the student pays, teaching is what is being bought and, if the charges are to be at all respectable, the appearance of a bargain must be preserved.
Big increases in tuition fees have reportedly deterred many would-be students from applying for a university place. This is a tragedy at both a national and personal level because it takes a short-term view of the value of higher education.