The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has received a revised grant letter from the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable, that says specific funding for 10,000 students starting university this year will be axed from 2011-12, on top of a previously announced drop in funding. UCU have argued that the letter exposes the Liberal Democrats’ pro-university rhetoric during in the election as lacking any substance and accused the party of lacking credibility.
This move seems to be just one part of a much wider attack upon the current arrangement of higher education within the UK. With Lord Browne’s report due in the next few months (and seeming likely to provide a technocratic justification to what is a predominately ideological assault upon the university system) the only chance of resisting these cuts will be from widespread resistance within higher education (undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and auxiliary staff) and hopefully grass roots resistance from within the governing coalition.
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