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The Browne Review, or Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance is a panel chaired by Lord Browne of Madingley to consider the future of higher education funding in England. The review has now been published and presented to the Government, who will then make decisions regarding financial support for full and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Summary of the Browne Review
Browne Review in full.

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Lord Browne on The Student Room - Read the responses

In a TSR exclusive, Lord Browne answered questions from 5:00-6:30pm, 13th October 2010. Read his responses and leave your replies now in the 'Ask Lord Browne Forum'

Lord Browne discussion transcript and student survey results - get the results of the student survey and a transcript of the full discussion with Lord Browne.


The Top level recommendations from the Browne Review:


Mboard1.png A removal of the cap on tuition fees of £3,290 per year so universities can set their own fees.


Mboard1.png Universities that charge more than £6,000 a year in fees will have to give a proportion of their extra income to supporting poorer students.


Mboard1.png A 10% increase in university places.


Mboard1.png Graduates to start repaying the cost of their degrees when they earn £21,000 a year or more – up from £15,000.


Mboard1.png Universities that charge more than £7,000 will be scrutinised to ensure they widen access.


Mboard1.png Part-time students no longer to pay fees up-front and instead to pay them when they graduate.


Mboard1.png Any balance remaining after 30 years is written off.


Mboard1.png Universities to issue US-style student charters that give information on employment rates for their courses.


Mboard1.png Increase in living expenses for students who come from homes where the household income is £70,000 or below


Mboard1.png The interest rate at which graduates pay back their loans will be at the government's cost of borrowing – inflation plus 2.2%. However, those students earning below £21,000 will pay no real interest rate. Their loan balance will increase in line with inflation


Mboard1.png A super-quango for higher education to be created to distribute government funding, deal with student complaints and ensure fair access and quality


Take part in the discussion:

Latest discussions on the funding review: Last post/replies
Why are low tuition fees possible in Europe but not in the UK? 24-10-2011 Replies: 60
The Browne Review and mature students 07-10-2011 Replies: 1
Lord Browne, don't you think abandoning the Arts & Humanities is short sighted? 13-03-2011 Replies: 119
Criminology question 04-02-2011 Replies: 35
I started university in 2010, how will this affect me? 10-12-2010 Replies: 23
The future of BP 16-11-2010 Replies: 5
How does this report affect the ELQ regulations already in place ? 12-11-2010 Replies: 1
What about Graduate Medics? 05-11-2010 Replies: 12
Minimum UCAS points standards for funding 05-11-2010 Replies: 8
Writing off of debts after 30 years 05-11-2010 Replies: 2
An education system based upon how much mummy and daddy earn NOT academic ability? 05-11-2010 Replies: 142
Lord Browne - your education at cambridge 25-10-2010 Replies: 22
Why do you hate social mobility? 20-10-2010 Replies: 6
Lord Browne, what about existing students? 18-10-2010 Replies: 4
Mortgage equivalent debt 18-10-2010 Replies: 28
Rise in student loans or grants? 17-10-2010 Replies: 4
'Monster' universities 17-10-2010 Replies: 36
how can you charge us so much for so little teaching in return? 17-10-2010 Replies: 28
Signing off - thank you 16-10-2010 Replies: 69
Lord Browne, would you support the idea of smaller fee increases on 'useful' degrees 16-10-2010 Replies: 8
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