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Has the government got it wrong on universities?

Will the plans in the Browne report mean better-funded universities, or will they just exclude poorer students? Yes, no and maybe—three different experts' views

By Diane Coyle   October 2010

“It will be a disaster”

Stephen Eales Professor of astrophysics, Cardiff University

For the last two decades I have been part of the consensus that students should pay a significant contribution towards their education. I did a degree in Cambridge in the late 1970s and didn’t have to pay a penny. It was manifestly unfair that the taxes of the vast majority who did not go to university should have paid for my education, whose main beneficiary has been me. Based on this “fairness criterion,” I supported the last government’s decision to raise tuition fees to £3,000 pounds per year.…

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