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NUS responds to Higher Education Green Paper

Friday 6 November 2015

The National Union of Students (NUS) is today responding to the government’s higher education green paper.

NUS will be examining the proposals in detail and working with students’ unions to make recommendations. 

In particular, the proposal for the new Office for Students must be built around the student voice.

Regulation is a crucial issue, and NUS wants to see tough regulations to ensure that students are protected and receiving a high quality education.

The paper prioritises high quality teaching, which is fundamental to the education system. All students should have access to high quality teaching. However, NUS opposes further rises in tuition fees and a focus on teaching should not be linked to fees.

The government has taken into account NUS’ work on the importance of widening access for all students. Access to education is prioritised in the green paper and the government has set ambitious targets, but serious consideration of students’ achievement levels and employment prospects must be a key factor.

Megan Dunn, NUS national president, said: “NUS and students’ unions will be going through the consultation in full detail, and we will make sure the student voice is too loud for the government to ignore.

“Change should be driven by the people at the heart of the system – students, teachers and staff. It will not be good enough for the government and institutions to decide what is in students’ interests without asking them. 

“It is reassuring to see the government putting access to education at the heart of their proposals, but we must see action as well as promises.

“Teaching should always be a key focus of higher education but NUS is adamant that the Teaching Excellence Framework should not be linked to an increase in fees. Students should not be treated like consumers.”
 

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1.    For more information please contact the NUS press officer on 07866 695010 or pressoffice@nus.org.uk.