A-level attainment, or high-level aspiration?

The biggest questions being asked right now in higher education are about money. How much should universities charge? Should they be free? Should they be funded? Where is all their money going? But, for applicants at least, finance is not a barrier to higher education in the UK right now. The ability to pay university fees doesn’t disenfranchise qualified applicants in the UK, as it does in so many other parts of the world. However, for some critics of the system, issues of money mask a bigger question: who should be able to go to university in the first place? As the Government introduces its post-18 funding review, it seems time for the sector to prepare a clear argument for the value of higher education – and how it can be accessed fairly. Read More.