23 January 2019
Commenting on the raising of the cap on fees for two-year degrees to £11,100 a year in England, UCU said the government needed to fix a system that piled debts on students. The union also said that the move was more about allowing for-profit companies access to public money than increasing choice for students.
UCU head of policy Matt Waddup said: ‘Instead of gimmicks which risk undermining the international reputation of our higher education sector, the government should focus on fixing the underlying problems with our current finance system which piles huge debts on students.
‘This decision is not about increasing real choice for students, it is about allowing for-profit companies access to public money through the student loans system. Without proper safeguards, accelerated degrees will quickly become devalued, but the government shows no signs that it understands this.’