Latest Issue

University challenges

The debate about British higher education will soon hot up again. The sector cannot continue as a nationalised industry. The best alternative is not privatisation but a mixed-economy partnership, as in the US

By Robert Jackson   April 2006

Many readers of Prospect will have views about the future of Britain’s universities based on memories of their days at college, perhaps half a generation ago. Those views, and public opinion in general, matter: higher education (HE) is a big political issue. We are now experiencing a lull after the storm of the debates about tuition fees two years ago. But during this parliament the arguments will hot up again—about fees, about the access of people from less advantaged backgrounds to HE, about HE’s scale and purpose, and about the role of the state in relation to universities.

Those whose…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect