University of Leeds and union warn of drop in student numbers

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Leeds University and its student union have jointly condemned the Government’s higher education reforms for creating a “volatile” higher

The statement also warns that the drop in student numbers since top level tuition fees of £9,000 a year were brought in is not in the best interests of the country.

It urges Ministers to explain how the student loan system works to ensure that the higher fees do not put off students or their parents from applying to university.

This year tuition fees have been almost trebled to a maximum of £9,000 a year while university teaching funding
from Government has been slashed.

However, students do not begin to start paying this off until they have graduated and started earning more than £21,000.

The higher education reforms introduced this year also include measures aimed at making universities more of a market place

Universities are allowed to recruit an unlimited number of students who achieved two As and a B or better at A-level but have had their numbers for students who achieve below this cut.

The Government has also ring-fenced 20,000 places nationally for universities and colleges which charge an average of less than £7,500 a year for courses.

Coun Judith Blake,  leader of Leeds City Council.

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