Degree funding switch criticised by MPs

Thursday, Mar 27th 2008

Despite Government assertions that the policy was correct, the BBC reports that MPs who have been scrutinising higher education finances "cannot support the government's cut in funding for people taking second undergraduate degrees in England".

The report says that the Commons innovation, universities, science and skills committee said the decision appeared to have been hasty and that switching funding to those taking first degrees was premature and was not based on hard evidence of its likely effectiveness." The cross-party committee's report, "Withdrawal of funding for equivalent or lower level qualifications (ELQs)", is critical of almost every aspect of the move.

The full report is available for download as a PDF file from the Parliamentary Publications website.

The University has responded with its own statement welcoming the Committee's findings.

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