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Student qualification funding cuts - the issue

In September 2007 the government announced that, from 2008, it proposes to withdraw £100m of funding for students studying for a higher education qualification equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification (ELQ) that they have already been awarded

These plans for students contradict the government's own lifelong learning agenda and will hit universities offering courses to adults and part-time students the hardest.

Analysis by UCU of the data on the potential financial implications for universities and colleges reveals that post-92 universities (former polytechnics) and institutions and departments (such as continuing education) that specialise in offering courses to workers wishing to retrain will be the biggest losers under the new regime.

We oppose this measure and have joined with others who share our view to seek a change of course.