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Simon Hughes: Guidelines send a clear message to universities

March 8, 2011 10:25 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Commenting on the publication of guidelines by the Office for Fair Access outlining what universities need to do to charge fees of more than £6,000, Advocate for Access to Education and Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, Simon Hughes said:

"I am pleased that Martin Harris, the Director of Fair Access, has made clear today that he will ensure all English universities are accessible to the widest possible group of potential students.

"Under the guidance set by the Office for Fair Access, universities which currently perform less well in broadening participation will have to make the greatest effort to open their doors more widely.

"Martin Harris is also unequivocal that universities which do not do more on access will not be able to charge fees above £6,000. This sends a clear message to all universities that they now need to perform."