Our central concern is that the removal of the fees cap - and the differentiation in costs between university degrees that will follow - will hamper efforts to widen access to higher education and increase social segregation across the sector. We believe that the claw-back mechanism proposed by Browne will not, in fact, keep fees down – and there is little disincentive for elite universities, where the access issue is most acute, to charge very high fees. A parallel concern is that those university subjects associated with the highest earnings premiums will see the highest fee rises, making them off-limits for youngsters from non-privileged homes.
The Sutton Trust response to Lord Browne’s review
(thanks to Red Dog for this)