Tuition fees for university students could reach a staggering £7,000 a year – raising the prospect of graduates leaving college tens of thousands of pounds in debt, just as the economy goes into freefall.
That is the shock finding of a poll of university vice chancellors conducted for the BBC.
The survey result follows a report from the UK Universities group that claims that raising tuition fees from the current £3,000 to £5,000 would have no impact on student numbers.
University bosses insist that only by raising fees can they create “world class” institutions that can complete in the global market for higher education.
But student campaigners point out that none of the extra money will be used to improve access to higher education for those coming from poorer backgrounds.
Instead resources will be lavished on prestige buildings and big name lectureships.
Rob Owen, who is a member of the National Union of Students (NUS) executive, told Socialist Worker, “Any attempt to increase tuition fees should be passionately opposed by all students and the NUS. A nationwide campaign is essential if we were going to beat back these attacks.”