Higher education: investing in the future? Attitudes to university

Rachel Ormston, Lindsay Paterson

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Higher Education finance has been a politically charged issue since the Labour government decided to introduce tuition fees in 1998. With the raising of the cap on the top rate of fees to £9,000, this controversy has certainly not dissipated in the years since the increase was first announced in 2010. This paper examines public attitudes in England to higher education, exploring views on student finance (fees, loans and grants), the perceived fairness of the current system, how views on these issues vary across different social and political groups, and how views in Scotland - where fees were abolished - compare with those in England.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Social Attitudes: the 32nd Report
EditorsRachel Ormston, John Curtice
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherNatCen Social Research
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2015

Publication series

NameBritish Social Attitudes
PublisherNatCen Social Research


  • Higher education
  • Student funding
  • Public attitudes
  • England
  • Scotland

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