Leading Article: Are British universities crying wolf over budget cuts?
Thursday 21 January 2010
The Russell Group's warning that British universities risk being brought to their knees by cuts of almost £200m over the next three years may be over the top. This is a reduction of around 12 per cent and other areas of public expenditure will have to suffer this kind of pain as well in order to reduce the public debt. Higher education is not being singled out – and it has, as anyone who has visited a university recently knows, seen amazing expansion. New buildings, new labs, swanky halls of residence have sprouted all over England. University income is at record levels. The cuts are expected to fall mainly on capital projects. That is regrettable but it is not the end of the world. It is unlikely to mean that our universities fall from gold to bronze standard and it is unlikely to affect our ability to recover from the recession.
The government was right to invest in higher education when the going was good. Now that it has to make cuts, universities should be looking to diversify their sources of income as much as possible. This could well mean higher fees. Relatively well-off young people are still receiving a big subsidy from the state when they sign up for degrees. We need to ensure that public money goes to those who most need it.
Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
Ex-Scientologist Carmen Llwyelyn blasts 'cult' and her treatment after divorce with Jason Lee
German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
Tunisia attack: 'Paralysed' police let gunman run amok for half an hour, says witness
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Pentagon accuses Russia of 'playing with fire' over nuclear threats towards Nato
They are neither a 'state' nor 'Islamic': Why we shouldn't call them Isis, Isil or IS
Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 Kim Jong-un shows off airport designed by architect he likely had executed
- 2 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L James's Twitter Q&A didn't go exactly as planned
- 5 Facebook rainbow profile pictures likely being tracked by social network
£30000 - £31000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An independent boys' school sit...
£21000 - £50000 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: Graduate Teachers/ Newly Qua...
£20000 - £40000 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: My client primary school loc...
£20000 - £45000 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am working on behalf of a ...