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Professor Peter Higgs, joint winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Pressure to publish is choking the academic profession

The unavoidable regime of publication pervades contemporary academic life across the world. While presented as a virtuous thing, it can actually suffocate the academic profession.
University education has paid a rate of return of around 15%. from www.shutterstock.com

Higher education pays for itself many times over

Not only does higher education build the economy's skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself and much else many times over.
Under a demand driven system, poor students are finding more opportunities to attend university. from www.shutterstock.com

Uncapping of university places has not failed disadvantaged students

While on the face of it a 1.5% increase in the number of disadvantaged students going to university might seem minimal, in real terms this is genuinely significant.
The government’s options for higher education reform come with significant trade offs. from www.shutterstock.com

Rushed reform benefits no one in the end

The onus is now on students, universities and the wider public to make clear where they stand on the options laid out in the discussion paper.

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