Thursday, June 20News For London

University spending has fallen and will fall further: IFS reports

According to a report by the Institute for Fiscal studies, University students are receiving a lower spend on their education compared to previous years.

Credit; Institute for Fiscal studies

A new report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies says that, in real terms, UK students are having less spent on their education than they were in 1990.

The annual IFS report on education in Britain says real-term spending per student will fall next year to 2011 levels.

It’s a complex – and politically sensitive issue – but it’s partly because governments have underestimated the rates of inflation in recent years, while domestic student fees have been capped. So universities have been receiving less, while having to spend more. 

Some universities have been cutting courses, staff and even departments. Some are relying more on overseas students, who pay higher fees. 

The state of education will be of the issues at next year’s general elections; meanwhile the students and the staff warn that the situation threatens the whole university sector.