The news has come out that most universities will charge the top level £9,000 next year. Some are claiming that this undermines to Government's position on tuition fees, I don't agree.
Now that students are more focussed on the real cost of a degree course they will also take more interest in the perceived value of those courses too. It is understandable that no university wants to admit that it isn't as good as the top universities, setting a tuition fee less than the maximum might be seen as just such an admission. But potential students have always graded their preferred universities and an institution that gets a significant number of its students through clearing will not be charging £9,000 for very long.
The first year of the new system isn't going to tell us very much, it will be interesting to see how many universities are still this bullish this time next year.
Treasury warns on savings protection
1 hour ago