Students: Fees and Charges

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Business, Innovation and Skills), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects on postgraduate education of proposed increases in the level of tuition fees for undergraduate education.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The Government are committed to Britain being a world leading place to do research and despite huge pressure on public spending, the overall level of funding for science and research programmes has been protected in cash terms in a ring-fenced budget. We will, as Lord Browne suggested in his recent review, monitor participation in postgraduate study to identify whether changes to the undergraduate funding and finance system have any effect on entry to postgraduate courses, but we are confident that we will continue to have a world class research base. As now, postgraduate students have access to professional career development loans to support their studies.

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