House of Lords backs tuition fee hike despite a last-minute bid to derail the proposals

Plans to almost triple the tuition fee cap to £9,000 have passed through Parliament after being backed by the House of Lords.

December 15, 2010

Labour’s last-minute attempt to derail the proposals failed after peers voted down two “fatal” amendments tabled by the party.

It means universities look set to be able to charge much higher fees from 2012-13, although they will be required to sign agreements on widening access for poor students if they charge more than £6,000 a year.

Speakers in last night’s debate included Lord Browne of Madingley, whose controversial report paved the way for the government’s plans. He said he “strongly supported” the measures despite differences from those proposed by his review.

Among those voicing concerns was Liberal Democrat education specialist Baroness Sharp of Guildford, who said she had “substantial reservations” about the proposals.

These included the fact that by switching to loans, the government was moving taxpayers’ investment in higher education “off the books” to tackle the deficit.

“That is very convenient, but it will come back on to the national debt at a later point”, she said.

Peers voted by a majority of 68 against Labour’s amendment to stop the basic level of university fees rising to £6,000 and by a majority of 73 to block its move against raising the higher cap on fees to £9,000.

There was little in the way of protest outside the Lords, unlike last week when thousands of students protested outside Parliament as MPs voted through the plans by a majority of 21.

simon.baker@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 6 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

PhD Position within Marine Structures

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

PhD Position in Biogas-Hydrogen

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Director, Engineering and IT Learning Unit

The University Of Melbourne
See all jobs

Most Commented

Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman

Laurel and Hardy sawing a plank of wood

Working with other academics can be tricky so follow some key rules, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

Matthew Brazier illustration (9 February 2017)

How do you defeat Nazis and liars? Focus on the people in earshot, says eminent Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt

Improvement, performance, rankings, success

Phil Baty sets out why the World University Rankings are here to stay – and why that's a good thing

Warwick vice-chancellor Stuart Croft on why his university reluctantly joined the ‘flawed’ teaching excellence framework