Review of Post 18 Education and Funding
Professor Stuart Corbridge, Vice-Chancellor of Durham University commented:
“Whilst we appreciate for many students, the headline that the tuition fees will fall from £9250 to £7500 will be welcomed, we still remain unclear as to the extent that the Government plans to fill that gap. Uncertainty is likely to linger for a while.
“Needless to say, we, along with the wider sector will push hard to ensure that higher education in the UK is properly funded. A cut in fees for students won’t be of great benefit to the student body if higher education as a whole is under-funded. An under-funded university system would hurt the UK higher education sector’s global standing, impact our collective ability to boost UK productivity and support our local communities.
"In terms of our planning, we need to be prudent. Durham University is strongly placed within the sector and the changes we are making through our Strategy will enhance our standing. Nevertheless, our working assumption must be that funding will get tighter in the years ahead.* Over the coming months we will be engaging with our community to explore how we can ensure that Durham remains the truly vital public institution that it is today.”