Print edition | Britain Jun 1st 2019

I N AN ATTEMPT to kickstart her spluttering government, Theresa May last year announced a review of higher education. While doing so the prime minister became the latest in a long line of politicians to rail against “outdated” attitudes that favour academic over technical qualifications. Since then speculation has centred on little apart from what the recommended annual tuition fee would be for students attending university.

On May 30th Philip Augar, the banker commissioned to produce the report, delivered his thoughts. Under the plans, fees would be capped at £7,500 ($9,500) a year, down from the current level of £9,250, and students from poor families would benefit from the return of grants to

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