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How higher education could look in 2020 if Blair's top-up fees battle is lost

By Robert Stevens   January 2004

Christmas rumour runs rife. Tony Blair and Charles Clarke are alleged to be willing to resign if their variable top-up fee solution to the funding problems of universities fails.

It seems unlikely to come to that. It even seems improbable that they will lose the vote on top-up fees. But it is certainly possible that the plan will have to be watered down so far as to do precious little for the universities – and in particular those that can still make some claim to being world class.

So imagine that, one way or another, the top-up fee debate is…

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