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Tuition fees aren’t the problem—failing to deliver value to students is

Debating tuition fees is a distraction from the real changes we need to see in our universities

By Jo Johnson  

University of the future? The Dyson Institute campus in Malmesbury. Photo: Dyson Institute

It is worth taking a step back from the furore over Labour’s abandonment of its pre-election promises to ask why and how we fund higher education. In a global knowledge economy, in which countries are putting science, research and innovation at the centre of their productivity strategies, our student finance system must have three goals. It must: remove financial barriers; ensure our universities are funded efficiently and held to account for student outcomes; and share the…

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