HEW Weekly Wrap Up 25 April 2014

News – New panel established to look at current funding system in England

On 24 April 2014, Universities UK (UUK) announced the establishment of a new Student Funding Panel to consider the design of the current student fees and loans system in England, and to make recommendations on its future development. The panel will review the system’s ability to deliver value for money for students, be financially sustainable for government, and provide a long term stable funding environment to support high quality teaching and an outstanding learning experience. The panel will make recommendations on the student finance system in England up to, and immediately following, the General Election in May 2015. UUK’s Chief Executive Nicola Dandridge provided comment in an article in the Telegraph.

News – Estimating the Public Cost of Student Loans – IFS Research

A report published on 24 April 2014 by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) highlights that the UK government’s 2012 reforms to higher education funding in England now look like they will do little to reduce the total taxpayer contribution per student. However, this depends fundamentally on what happens to graduate earnings over the coming decades.

Publication – New OER Wales blog

As part of the pan-Wales Open Educational Resources and Practice project, a new blog has been launched at The blog will be updated regularly as the project progresses. You can also follow the project on Twitter.

Publication – IWA debate – Is it time to lift the cap on tuition fees?

The Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) filmed the tuition fees debate that took place earlier this month. The debate can be viewed on YouTube.