UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Simon Hughes: NUS and Government must be united to ensure fair access

Press Release   •   Feb 23, 2011 10:41 GMT

Today the Government’s Advocate for Access to Education and Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes addressed the NUS conference in Liverpool on widening participation.

Commenting afterwards, Simon Hughes said:

“Despite the strength of feeling around the tuition fees debate last year, Students’ Unions and the Government must be united in their desire and effort to make our universities more open and accessible, and become the most effective drivers of social mobility.

“Students’ Unions around the country need to hold their universities to account and make sure they do not inflate their fees unnecessarily.  Any increase in fees must be used to provide the best possible experience for students from all backgrounds.

“The NUS has a key role working with Government to bring forward new legislation if universities fail to open their doors.”