NUS responds to Prime Minister Theresa May's review of student funding.
Responding to today's annoucement NUS President, Shakira Martin said:
"The government's announcement on fees today are by no means the major changes required to fix the broken funding system for universities.
NUS has been saying for a long time that the higher education funding model is broken and needs a fundamental rethink. Public opinion is clearly with us. Education is a public good and should be paid for through taxation. However, the review, which NUS has long called for suggests that at last the government may be starting to listen.
The terms of any Review and membership of the Review Group will be vital. Students must be represented, and their voices must be centre stange every signle step of the way so that bold, sustainable proposals are developed to ensure cost is not a barrier to education.
Capping the fees buys government a small chunk of time whilst the review takes place but will make virtually no difference to students. The Review must go much further to correct the obvious problems with the approach of the last decade or so.
Raising the repayment threshold from £21k to £25k is a long overdue step that will help those graduates on the lowest incomes.
An investment in students is an investment in our future. The government must act to ensure all students can access and achieve in further and higher education."
Shakira Martin is available for further comment, please get in touch with the NUS press office on 07866695010 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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