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Degree funding changes 'inadequate'

Published: Friday, 18 January 2008   Category: Government policies | Graduate Job sector Reports

Degree funding changes proposed by the government have come in for criticism from an academic likely to be directly affected by the changes.

The government has promised to raise funding from £20 million to £30 million for part-time students, but Prof David Latchman, master of Birkbeck, University of London, feels this is unfair, reports the Guardian.

The government's intention is to transfer £100 million of funding over three years from those taking equivalent or lower qualification (ELQs) to those studying first degrees.

Commenting on the proposal, he said that MPs could not "cherry pick" which students would lose funding and which would not.

He branded the plans as "far too simplistic" and said that "subject-based exemption is nonsensical without a logical debate", the report continues.

The Open University is set to be one of the biggest losers, expected to lose more than £31.6 million in teaching funding by the academic year 2014 - 15.

In related news, statistics from Ucas have revealed that a record number of undergraduates took university courses in 2007.


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