Speech on HE by Vince Cable

Today Vince Cable, Secretary of State for BIS, gave a speech on HE to HEFCE’s annual conference. The main points are as follows:

  • The government will review OFFAs powers.
  • A headline figure of £9k for fees at a given institution will not necessarily be representative of the average fee at that institution because of fee waivers and scholarships
  • There should be variability of charges within institutions, reflecting differing costs between courses.

He also restated government’s intention to

  • withdraw places which are unfilled, with no assumption that HEIs will get them back
  • either to cut the teaching grant or reduce student numbers to manage higher costs
  • expand FE provision of HE, and private provision of HE
  • modify student numbers to reward low charging HEIs.

The full text of his speech can be found here.



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