NUS Blueprint for Higher Education Funding
Higher Education Funding - The NUS BlueprintNUS' has launched a Blueprint for an alternative higher education funding system, which puts an end to the idea that top-up fees are the only way of funding higher education. I have included a number of documents associated with this report including a summary document, the full report and plus both internal and external FAQ's. Progressive graduate contributionNUS' Blueprint proposes that students contribute to the costs of their degree once they have graduated. Under this system those who benefit most from university by earning more will contribute more. A graduate contribution would be paid into an independent fund – a People’s Trust for higher education – which would be built up over time and eventually deliver considerable additional resources for universities in the future. The Blueprint has already received much support and widespread media coverage, with the Times, Telegraph and BBC all picking up on the news. By abolishing all upfront fees for part-time students, this system would also initiate a new era for non-traditional learning and continuing education through life. It also envisages a route that allows for voluntary employer contributions, so that employers could support far more employees to study than ever before.NUS' model also allows learners to switch between full and part-time modes of study, creating enhanced flexibility in the sector. It is believed that through increasing flexibility in this way, we open the doors of higher education to a wider audience, and provides clear ways for increasing access to higher education for learners from non-traditional backgrounds.
Read case studies to see how the system would work. There are also ways in which you can Support this campaignIf we are going to put an end to top-up fees, we need your support:
Support our Campaign - register your support and help us put an end to top-up fees;
Give us your feedback - got something to say about our model? Let us know your thoughts.If you can distribute this as widely as possible - to council, course reps etc that would be helpful. You might also wish to put some of these hyperlinks on you own Union webpage.