The Cost-Cutting Reforms of Higher Education in England

  • Claire Callender
Keywords: Economics of Higher Education, Financing and Funding, Public Policy, Reform and Change, Tuition, Student Fees, and Aid, United Kingdom (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)


The British government is introducing dramatic changes to the funding of higher education in England, including the withdrawal of most of its funding for teaching and a threefold increase in undergraduate tuition fees. These reforms herald the retreat of the federal state from financial responsibility for HE, boosting HE's private-good functions at the expense of the public-good function. Will this marketisation of British HE be at the expense of social equity and universities as public, civic, and cultural institutions?
How to Cite
Callender, C. (2011). The Cost-Cutting Reforms of Higher Education in England. International Higher Education, (63).
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