Student union ‘to stop protesting over tuition fees’

Posted: 18/02/2011 by Eddie Unity in Local Actions - Education, Top Stories

Original Article

Student representatives have been told not to campaign against tuition fee increases in a private memo from the National Union of Students.

A leaked document suggests campus leaders should instead hold talks with universities that plan to charge the top rate of £9,000.

Publicly the union has opposed increases in tuition fees, and NUS president Aaron Porter has criticised the changes.

But the five-page memo to NUS officers on campuses said: “The loan gets written off after 30 years – the vastly increased numbers of graduates that will never pay the loan off are in fact what makes the system relatively progressive.”

The memo was passed to The Times by a student at the University of Exeter. A source at the NUS said: “This is not a change in direction. We are saying we live in the real world.”


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