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Trick Or Treat? The Changes To Higher Education Quiz

How clued up are you on the Government's new changes to the Higher Education sector? Test out your knowledge with a Halloween themed game of true or false.

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  1. Over the next few years, tuition fees are staying at £9,000… and definitely not rising.

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    Yep. Scary stuff. The government has already announced that tuition fees will begin to rise in line with inflation to £9,250 from 2017 & £9,500 from 2018; this affects current students as well as new starters. The government has also announced plans to rank universities on their teaching quality, which will pave the way for top-ranked unis to start charging £12,000 a year within the next few years. Who thought we’d ever miss £9K fees!?

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  2. Universities have the right to teach what they want, and to research what they think is most valuable.

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    Say goodbye to that law! The government’s newly-proposed Office for Students will have the power to overrule universities’ and research councils’ right to teach and research what they want. Theoretically, the government is giving itself the power to determine what it thinks is worth teaching and researching, and what isn’t. This could mean some courses and even universities will be forced to shut altogether – with private, profit-making universities given powers to step in and take their place.

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  3. Maintenance grants will always be there for the students who most need help and support.

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    Yet again! Historically the government has provided maintenance grants to students in need of support, helping those from low income backgrounds and from non-traditional backgrounds. It has also provided bursaries for other students such as nurses, which has massively helped break down barriers to education for many people who’d otherwise struggle to access it. However, under this government, the process of stripping away financial support has already started, with nurses left high and dry, and other grants being converted to loans which add yet more debt to the already huge amounts we’ll finish education with.

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  4. Education is a public good, not a competitive market.

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    Ugh! At the moment, private profit-making institutions need to abide by strict rules for years to prove their eligibility to give internationally recognised degrees. That’s all going out the window – profit-making unis will soon have degree-awarding powers with immediate effect. This could mean some unis will be forced to close in the coming years, and the private ones will jump in and take their place. In the government's words, ‘managed course closures and orderly institutional exits are a feature of a healthy, competitive and well-functioning HE market.’ Marketisation? It’s already in the works.

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  5. You can stop this?

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    Student protest has long been the most effective way to stop governments making detrimental changes. On Saturday 19 Nov there’s a National Demo taking place in central London to march together in protest against these huge and damaging changes to education. We’re sending hundreds of students down for the big day and we’re buzzing to get involved! Get your ticket by visiting luu.org.uk

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Trick Or Treat? The Changes To Higher Education Quiz

At least you know now!

The changes in the Higher Education paper are pretty hard to understand. Hopefully this quiz has given you more info. If you want to do something about stopping the changes, visit luu.org.uk to book your space on our bus to the Demo.

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You're in the know, so why not join us at the Demo protesting against this? Visit luu.org.uk to book your seat on our coach.

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