In recent months the debate on how to finance higher education on England has moved on again, and there now seems a greater interest amongst policymakers in further changes to the system and lessening the relative contribution made by students. There is an opportunity to shape this debate to strengthen participation in HE for those from under-represented groups.
NEON is working with UUK and universities in 10 different areas of the country on a national research project examining the impact of the cost of higher education (HE) on the way in which Year 13 students/Level 3 students make decisions about going to university, the courses and institutions they choose, part-time employment, etc.
NEON is currently wrapping up its focus groups in our 10 different target areas. The final report will be presented to politicians and policy experts from across parties in the Spring.