Campaign for the Public University, UK

Following an election in the United Kingdom in 2010, a coalition government of conservative and liberal parties declared major cuts in spending to address increased debt following the bailout of banks during the financial crisis of 2008. This coincided with the publication of the Browne Report (2010) on the funding of higher education. The Browne inquiry had been set up before the election to find a means of financing higher education that would be sustainable and remove it from direct political contestation across political parties.

Recommendations of the Browne Report

The report recommended replacing the direct government funding of undergraduate programmes in the arts, humanities and social sciences with student fees. Policymakers and senior university leaders had been prepared for this development and, indeed, welcomed it as ...

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