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NUS 'changes tune'

31 Oct 2008

NUS 'changes tune' In a move that may affect future university students looking for graduate jobs in London, the National Union of Students (NUS) has said it is to become more pragmatic and aims to cap the cost of higher education as opposed to making it free for everyone.

Speaking to Nouse, York Universtiy's student newspaper, NUS vice-president for higher education Aaron Porter, said that while the union had not abandoned its ideals of free education it conceded that higher education would not be free within the next two years.

He told the paper: "Short-term increases in fees are detrimental to individuals as it would create a system where some universities will begin to charge maximum fees."

Mr Porter added that students not willing to take on a high level of debt would decide not to attend those universities or would fail to enter higher education at all – pushing the UK further behind other countries in terms of student numbers.

The announcement follows a statement from Liberal Democrat university spokesman Stephen Williams who has condemned the government for cutting funding for student grants.

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