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    There are planned cuts of up to 80% to some humanities and arts teaching budgets. Given that I am expected to pay more towards the cost of my degree, how will you ensure that the quality of higher education does not decline due to budget cuts?
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    Surely the higher fees would replace the 80% cuts...creating a 'real' situation of no cuts to the university's budget? Unless they charge fees less than the teaching grant they currently receive, which seems likely only if the cost of the course is actually less than the current grant.
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    Univerisites should on average be able to replace the loss of teaching grant with the new graduate contributions. I personally do expect unverisites to make some savings to hold down costs - look at their pension costs for example. We are also going to require univeristies to release much more information about their performance. In addition it will be much easier for new entrants to come in when the student can take the money to the place thye choose. FE Colleges for example believe they can match the offer from some universities and at a lower cost.
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    Surely the standard of education you recieve is something you should take up with your university, not the government. You're the consumer, the university is the provider.
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    (Original post by sav)
    Surely the standard of education you recieve is something you should take up with your university, not the government. You're the consumer, the university is the provider.
    Yes, but what power does the student really have? It's not the same as buying a product where you can return it or exchange it for a better one.
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    (Original post by David Willetts)
    Univerisites should on average be able to replace the loss of teaching grant with the new graduate contributions. I personally do expect unverisites to make some savings to hold down costs - look at their pension costs for example. We are also going to require univeristies to release much more information about their performance. In addition it will be much easier for new entrants to come in when the student can take the money to the place thye choose. FE Colleges for example believe they can match the offer from some universities and at a lower cost.
    I still do not feel reassured; I see the cuts as an immediate threat to my quality of education. I'm sure you could answer this in a longer interview, but unfortunately you only ever get asked about the fee rises which will not be detrimental to the standards of the sector.
 
 
 
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