David Willetts, who now sits in the House of Lords, was the former minister for universities in the coalition government.
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As a minister in the coalition government, Willetts introduced £9,000 tuition fees. In an interview as he publishes a new book, he says the system is well-designed and fair.
Paying the price.
Not-so-fun fact: more than half of 18- to 34-year-olds are in debt, owing over £8,000 each on average.
Children marching on the
anniversary of the Soweto uprising.
It's time South Africa stopped stereotyping its young people as being disinterested and morally bankrupt and started engaging them.
Most students graduate with a ton of debt, which makes it harder to save for a home or retirement.
More than half of American families aren't able to save a dime to cover the cost of college, and the 529 college savings plan has done almost nothing to change that.
Those already working will face tax increases of 1%-2% of their income from 2018.
The government should add a 'super payment option' that allows graduates to offset the cost of their HELP repayments.
Most schools will get a boost in funding, while universities will face cuts.
Education experts discuss changes to schools and universities following the federal treasurer's budget speech.
There could be much bigger changes ahead for universities.
Hidden in the detail of the latest higher education reform package, there are talks of creating teaching-only universities.
Students pay between $6,256 and $10,440 for a university degree, depending on which course they choose to study.
After almost a decade of failed processes to reform the current funding system, the government must produce a revised system that improves the quality of outcomes for students in all courses.
Is it fair that students pay different amounts for university courses?
Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?
Here's why some English universities are raising their tuition fees again.
Young people understand the value of education but find fees prohibitively high in a context of widespread unemployment and low incomes.
The huge problem of youth unemployment in South Africa appears to be getting worse. New research will hopefully amplify their voices and inform more realistic interventions to combat the monster.
What students want is becoming more important than what univerisites want to teach them.
What should government and students contribute towards university degrees?
Increasing the amount that students pay towards their degree is likely to be on the cards of higher education in this year's election.
Should students pay more towards their degree?
In the May Budget, the government may look for ways to shift the costs of higher education from the taxpayer to the student.
South African student protesters make their feelings clear: education is a right and should be free.
As South Africa's students call for free university tuition, it's worth asking whether higher education would be free in a truly just society.
Students protest outside one of the University of Cape Town’s main administration buildings.
Students and academics are fed up with the situation at South Africa's universities. One way to improve conditions is for universities to be run as institutions of learning – not big businesses.
First-year university students often feel intimidated and scared. There are several ways to improve their experiences.
What does it really mean to be "ready" for university? Research involving more than 3000 high school learners and first year university students have tried to answer this complex question.
With more at stake, there’s less risk of dropping out.
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New research shows the risk that students' won't complete their course goes down if they have to pay more for it.
Searching for sugar man.
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As university becomes more expensive, it seems more students are seeking other ways to pay for their education.
Graduating, but with how much debt?
Policies announced in George Osborne's budget could harm students' access to university and cost the state more.