National Union of Students

NUS PRESIDENT CALLS GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO HIGHER EDUCATION CONSULTATION "LAMENTABLE"

Press Release  •  Jun 11, 2012 00:00 BST

The National Union of Students (NUS) today commented on the Government's response to its consultation on its Higher Education White Paper, "Students at the Heart of the System". The Government announced today that it would avoid introducing primary legislation announced in June 2011 that would have secured specific protections for students facing an increase in fees in 2012.

Liam Burns, NUS President said:

“Almost a year ago we said that it was amazing that a white paper so delayed could do so little for students paying more. Time has passed but nothing has changed.

"Tuition fees triple from September yet the Government has decided to avoid protections for students when things go wrong, dodge real regulation of for-profit universities, and all but give up on improving teaching quality. It also continues to refuse to guarantee the terms of student loans into the future, reserving for itself the right to make terms worse without parliamentary scrutiny.

"This lamentable response from a Government terrified by public or parliamentary scrutiny of its Higher Education reforms is an insult to students and their families.”

ENDS

NUS (National Union of Students) is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions.

We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students.

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