Save us and set us fee

November 15, 2002

While the government considers whether to allow top-up fees as a solution to the financial crisis facing universities, it is easy to forget why Labour introduced tuition fees. Thank goodness, then, that the concluding part of the BBC1 political drama The Project provided a reminder this week. It focused on the summer of 1997, just after new Labour's landslide election win. It showed nascent party disaffection with the new government, not least with David Blunkett's decision to introduce fees and scrap grants. The programme included a clip from 1997 with newscaster Peter Sissons reporting that the government had introduced fees to - yes, you've guessed it - save universities from financial crisis.

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 3 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

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns