Major proposals of the Augar review had been heavily reported before it was even released on 30 May. Universities had been accused of ‘scaremongering’ after warning against funding loss.

Recommendations to cut tuition fees to £7,500 (US$9,470) and restore maintenance grants were supported by a prime minister who had resigned. Perhaps the full implications of the review will come to light once the dust has settled, though they could still be overlooked.

The proposal for a return of grants for disadvantaged students has been widely embraced, including by outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May, who reportedly said last Thursday in response to the review report: “Removing maintenance grants from the least well-off students has not worked and I believe it is time to bring them

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