Summary of Browne Review

 Tuition Fees

  • No limit on fees charged by universities
  • Universities would be subject to a levy on all fees charged above £6,000
    (40% of the first £1,000, 45% of the second, 50% of the third etc)
  • The levy begins at £6,000 to instil "a focus on efficiency" in
    the system
  • Some funding for certain courses (STEM & "strategically
    important" language courses)
  • No minimum bursary requirement

Student Funding

  • Students should not have to pay any tuition fees up front
  • Repayments commence at £21,000. 
    Until that point outstanding debt would rise in line with
    inflation.  After that point,
    interest charged at cost of Govt borrowing
  • Changes to maintenance loans and maintenance grants
  • Unpaid student debt written off after 30 years, rather than 25 years
  • Part-time students eligible for loans for fees

Higher Education and Regulation

  • Higher Education Funding Council for England, Quality Assurance Agency,
    Office for Fair Access, and the Office of the Independent Adjudicator abolished
    and replaced by a single Higher Education Council
  • All new academics with teaching responsibilities should undertake a
    teaching qualification
  • The HE Council should have the power to bail out struggling institutions
    and could  explore options such as
    mergers and takeovers if institutions are facing financial failure
  • More scrutiny re student access if HEI charges more than £7,000 pa
  • New providers will be allowed to offer higher education teaching
  • 10% increase allowed for overall university places over three years
  • Govt will set a minimum
    entry standard, in terms of UCAS points, each year, below these grades,
    students would not be eligible for financial support
Posted by Einar Thorsen