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Student guide slams graduate contribution proposals

Published: Friday, 21 May 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

Students may soon be at the "end of their tether" in relation to how much they are expected to contribute financially to their education, it has been suggested.

Earlier this week, the Russell Group of universities claimed that an increase in graduate contributions is essential to safeguard the future of the UK's higher education establishments.

However, Johnny Rich, editor of independent university and college guide Push.co.uk, dismissed the idea, explaining that students are already stretched to the limit.

"Every penny that they expect to come from the students obviously narrows the pool of students who can afford to take up places at the Russell Group," he said.

"Current students will already be £23,500 in debt when they graduate. There comes a point where too many of them will be saying 'No'."

Mr Rich added that the move would alienate prospective students from less privileged backgrounds, who "stand to gain the most" from participating in higher education.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England announced in February that it has allocated £7.36 billion for the 2010-11 academic year to cover teaching, research, capital and related activities.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19793237-ADNFCR

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