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Social Policy Review 24Analysis and debate in social policy, 2012$
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Majella Kilkey and Gaby Ramia

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447304470

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447304470.001.0001

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The 2012/13 reforms of higher education in England: changing student finances and funding

The 2012/13 reforms of higher education in England: changing student finances and funding

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(p.77) Four The 2012/13 reforms of higher education in England: changing student finances and funding
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Social Policy Review 24
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Claire Callender

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447304470.003.0005

Radical reforms of higher education's funding and student finances are being introduced in England in 2012/13. This chapter unpacks the drivers for these reforms, locating them in a broader historical and policy context. It describes the proposed 2012/13 Higher Education changes and analyses their potential impact against their stated aims. It argues that the reforms herald a fundamental change in the role of the state in HE provision and in the balance of public and private contributions towards its costs, reflecting shifts in beliefs about HE, its purpose and role in society, and who should have access to it and pay for it. The reforms are driven by ideological, political, and economic factors which together are leading to deleterious policy change. The new policies are untested with unknown consequences and unforeseen unintended consequences. It is unclear, whether the reforms will meet their stated aims, or stand the test of time.

Keywords:   Higher education, Student funding, student loans, student financial support, Students at the Heart of the System, Browne Report 2010

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