Wednesday, December 8, 2010

On the Brink

A third of England's universities have been labelled "at risk" from government cuts, with the worst hit facing mergers or even closures.

A study for the lecturers' union, the UCU, claims plans to cut budgets and raise tuition fees could leave institutions fighting for survival. It said four faced a “very high risk” – these are named as Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln, Edge Hill University, Newman University College and Norwich University College of the Arts. And 49 universities encountered a “serious impact” – these include Buckinghamshire New University, Canterbury Christ Church University, Liverpool Hope University, Roehampton University, Staffordshire University, The University of Lincoln, The University of Wolverhampton, University College Birmingham, University of Gloucestershire and York St John University

The report is being published on the eve of the Commons vote on tuition fees and as students, school pupils and lecturers prepare for a fourth national day of protests.

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