Student fees may double to £7,000 a year under Tories
Students could be hit by higher tuition fees under a Tory government. The Conservative party has signalled it will consider demands to raise the annual fee to £7,000.
Many vice-chancellors are pressuring for a rise from the current total of £3,000, with some even calling for unlimited, American-style fees.
But shadow universities secretary David Willets is adamant that the university bosses must show how students will benefit from the increases.
Mr Willets is also keen to make the Government's university fees review a cross-party inquiry, which would take some of the heat off David Cameron during his first months in office.
Students and lecturers have joined forces to speak out against what they describe as 'a cosy consensus of silence' between Labour and the Tories over the proposed fee hikes.
Mr Willetts staunchly denies this and claims that he has been under pressure from university chiefs for over a year to raise the fee which was last capped in 2006.
He said: 'The only question was whether it should be £5,000 or £7,000. They now realise it's not a decision like that.
'I say to them quite explicitly, "if the fee cap were to go up, what would be in it for the students? You have to show the better experience for the students. You haven't done that yet."'
He added that any reforms would also have to take into account student loans, funding for part-time courses and 'the teaching experience for students'...>> Read More
October 19, 2009, 9:24 am