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Tories’ uni reforms ‘fail on their own terms’

TORY higher education reforms are “failing on their own terms,” Labour’s Angela Rayner told the Star yesterday as a new report warned Britain was at risk of a “two-tier” university system.

The shadow education secretary said Tory promises of a better deal for students had amounted only to “record levels of debt for students and an economy so weak it cannot give graduates the jobs they need.”

The National Audit Office warned that the “market” in higher education “has a number of points of failure,” saying it would “be raising the question of mis-selling” if it was a regulated financial market.

The report found a 55 per cent drop in the number of part-time students between 2011-12 and 2015-16. And it warned that an increase in participation from disadvantaged applicants was “weighted towards lower-ranked providers, which risks creating a two-tier system.”

University and College Union general secretary Sally Hunt said: “Universities would do well to remember that students will always put teaching ahead of shiny new buildings.”

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