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Universities group championing graduate contribution scheme
Thursday, 13 May 2010
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A graduate contribution scheme should be launched to change the way in which university expenses are paid for, according to one educational group.
The University Alliance, a mission group representing the UK's 23 universities, has expressed its concern that higher education funding did not receive more coverage in the recent general election.
As a result, it is proposing that universities should be able to set a 'maximum contribution', with graduates chipping in through their earnings, via the tax system.
"This reformed language would make it explicit that there is no cost for students and that the 'contribution' graduates put in forms only a part of the funding of their university education," Professor Janet Beer, chair of the University Alliance, wrote in the Guardian.
"These proposals are not an argument for an upfront fee or for higher charges. They do, however, propose significant improvements for more effective use of government subsidies and introduce private finance."
Professor Beer, who is also vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, added that the move would not represent a "radical change" for graduates.
The University and College Union warned recently that higher education budget cuts could result in graduate training scheme candidates only coming from more wealthy backgrounds in the future.