Universities offering ‘low value’ courses could have fees slashed

Universities offering so-called Mickey Mouse courses could have their fees slashed from £9,250 to £7,500

  • Universities offering ‘low value, low quality’ courses may have their fees cut
  • Government review is expected to recommend reducing fees to £7,500 a year
  • Education Secretary Damian Hinds there is ‘no distinction’ at present 

Universities offering ‘low value, low quality’ courses could have their fees slashed to around £7,500.

A government review of post-18 education, headed by financial services expert Philip Augar, is to be published shortly.

It is expected to recommend stopping universities charging the full £9,250 a year they are currently able to demand if their degrees show poor economic returns for students, according to the i newspaper.

Universities offering ‘low value, low quality’ degrees to students could be forced to slash their fees to £7,500 a year

Instead, a lower fee of around £7,500 would be introduced.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds told the newspaper that under the current fee system, there is ‘no distinction’ between courses that offer a high return for graduates and the economy and those that do not.

But too many institutions are ‘incentivised’ to expand courses that offer poor prospects to graduates in a bid to boost income, he said. Mr Hinds insisted action is necessary ‘in the interests of the taxpayer’.

The move is set to crack down on media studies and creative arts courses in a shake-up that university leaders say would result in a £1.8billion reduction in funding for institutions.

A government review is expected to recommend the fee reduction for degrees that show poor economic returns for students

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