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TOP-UP FEES AND THE GOVERNMENT'S HIGHER EDUCATION STRATEGY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1762A1: tabled on 22 October 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 5 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Dr Ian Gibson on 16 October 2002. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

At end add `together with the early abolition of all tuition fees.'.

Original motion text

That this House believes that broadening access to higher education is a social and economic imperative; welcomes the commitment from higher education staff and students to help increase the numbers of students from groups that are currently under represented in universities and colleges, including those from low-income and ethnic minority backgrounds; believes that the introduction of top-up fees would severely undermine this policy by creating a two-tier university system; urges the Government to introduce significant maintenance support for those students who need it; believes that once students enter university they are entitled to receive a high quality education and that this will only be achieved if there is significant public investment in higher education ensuring sufficient numbers of fairly paid, well-motivated university staff working with modern teaching, learning and research resources; and urges the Government to include these important issues in its forthcoming 10 year strategy for higher education.