Education Commission Publishes Report Condemning Privatisation and Immigration Controls in UK Universities
21 November, 2012
UK – On the day of the first major NUS demonstration in nearly two
years, the Education Commission published a report into the effects of
increased tuition fees and privatisation in the higher education sector.
Commission spokesperson Lou Shelley said: "Our research clearly shows
that the rise in tuition fees and the Con-Dem's program of privatisation
has sent out a clear signal to private equity fund vultures like KPMG
that the bloodied carcass of higher education is ripe for the taking."
report highlights the ways in which higher education legislation passed
in December 2010 has not only led to massive rises in tuition fees, and
a widening gap between elite and other universities, but has also
opened the door to a growing number of private corporations offering
university degrees and university estates services in Britain.
report, entitled 'Foot in the Door: Profit and Public Education',
argues that changes to legislation mean that public money is
increasingly being funnelled to private higher education providers and
that the new university funding system will likely lead to future
privatisations of public higher education and deeper segregation within
the university sector.
The report also points to the increasingly repressive policing of universities by the UK Border Agency.
• Three quarters of English universities charge the maximum possible fee of £9,000/year
• Private colleges have received almost £25 million in
state-subsidised student loans since increased tuition fees were
• The government’s Skills Funding Agency gave over
£300 million to companies backed by just five private equity funds to
provide education to adults in 2011-12
• Private equity-backed
education corporations now take up 9% of the government’s entire adult
learning budget and 27% of the Conservative Party’s funding
Private higher education corporations don’t pay VAT on student fees, a
response to lobbying by the massive “Big Four” global accounting firm
About the Education Commission
Education Commission is an open research and action group, made up of
students, lecturers, admin workers, teachers, and parents. It aims to
research and take action around the current conditions in the education
In the wake of the UK Border Agency’s revocation of
London Met’s Highly Trusted Sponsor Status and consequent plans to
deport potentially thousands of international students along with
further plans for privatisation across the sector, the commission
proposes to investigate and take action around the changing nature of
the education in the UK since the abolition of the EMA and mass increase
of university tuition fees in 2010.
It aims to draw together
student, parent, and education workers’ experiences as well as available
data in order to produce and disseminate as accurate a picture as
possible of the current state and trends in higher education in the UK.
It does so in support of and solidarity with current and future struggles in education.
The Education Commission
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UK Education Commission Report 1