The politics and policy of English Higher Education in 2018

Andrew McGettigan will be speaking at the University of Leicester about the funding of Higher Education at our next CPPE Seminar on 9 May.

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You're invited to join our next CPPE seminar where we are delighted to welcome Andrew McGettigan, a writer who focuses on Higher Education financing, who will be delivering a talk on what's going on in terms of the politics, the finances and the accounting in Higher Education and set out the likely implications for undergraduate teaching for 2019 onwards.

Introduced as part of the Coalition government's austerity programme, "post-2012" undergraduate fees were given a more substantive rationale when student number controls were lifted from universities in 2015. The shift to funding study through loans (from direct institutional grants) was presented as central to ending the rationing of full-time places for Home and EU students and the new regime was trumpeted as a triumph of secure, sustainable funding.

Just three years later and terms on loans have been changed twice, before even two full years of graduate repayments had been received. Now the government has announced a major review, backed by an independent expert panel.


Andrew McGettigan writes on higher education financing with a focus on student loans. He is the author of The Great University Gamble: money, markets & the future of higher education (Pluto, 2013) and The Accounting & Budgeting of Student Loans (HEPI, 2015).

He runs the blog, Critical Education and is regularly sought for advice by front-bench politicians. He has appeared before the Treasury and Economic Affairs Committees this year as they review higher education funding. He has contributed to the last two Labour general election manifestos.

He has written extensively on higher education financing. Here are a few different texts that might be of interest to you prior to Andrew’s main session: The first piece discusses the plans to sell more of the student loan book and the problems around doing this. The second explores how student loans are accounted for in government policy and the complexities around this. The third, a blog post, looks at real interest rates and an analysis of the Treasury Committee report.

McGettigan, A. (2015) Cash today: Who profits from student loans, London Review of Books 37(5): 24-28.

McGettigan, A. (2015) The accounting and budgeting of student loans, HEPI Report 75.

McGettigan, A. (2018) Real interest rates - submission to Treasury Committee report, Critical Education. (Blog post)

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