Post-18 Education Review briefings

26 September 2018

Universities are at the heart of our knowledge economy, delivering the skills, research and innovation. our economy needs. It is critical that the UK has an effective funding system that delivers for students, for business and for taxpayers alike.

In February this year, the Prime Minister launched the Government’s review of post-18 education. A panel of experts, chaired by writer and former finance executive Philip Augar, is due to provide its recommendations for all aspects of the post-18 education system – HE, FE, apprenticeships and other technical education – during the early part of 2019.

The Russell Group has submitted detailed evidence to the review on various aspects of the current funding system for higher education in England. Above all, we have stressed the need for the panel to adopt a whole-system approach to university finances, balancing the interdependent funding arrangements which support students as well as the joint research, teaching and civic missions of universities.

Read more in our summary document.

Enhancing post-18 education and funding

Post-18 funding review policy summary

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In the following series of Russell Group briefing notes, we consider policy options in four areas which may help address perceived unfairness in the system:

Modifying interest rates

Post-18 funding review policy paper

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A priority occupation loan reimbursement scheme

Post-18 funding review policy paper

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Improving communications with prospective students and their parents and advisers

Post-18 funding review policy paper

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Maintenance grants

Post-18 funding review policy paper

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