students and the State


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my first presentation for the 11th Teesside University Learning and Teaching Conference, 26 January 2011. blogged at:

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students and the State

  1. 1. in solidarity
  2. 3. <ul><li>The Government estimates that in 2010/11 there were 986,357 (full-time equivalent) higher education places. </li></ul><ul><li>If each one of these university places was charged at the maximum £9,000 per year then this would raise just under £8.9 billion in annual revenue for higher education. </li></ul><ul><li>It is estimated by the Tax Justice Network that tax avoidance costs the UK £25 billion per year. </li></ul>
  3. 5. <ul><li>In 2008/09 tuition fees raised £5.8 billion in revenue for UK universities – about one-third of total university funding. </li></ul><ul><li>Vodafone avoided £6 billion in tax this year. </li></ul><ul><li>Abolishing the upper limit on national insurance contributions would raise £11bn, enough to eradicate the need for fees and to fund a grant of over £2,000 per student. </li></ul>
  4. 7. <ul><li>The total balance outstanding for the UK student loan book (including loans not yet due for repayment) at the end of the financial year 2009-10 was £35.95 billion . </li></ul><ul><li>Debt is a way of life. Michael Gove: &quot;Anyone put off... university by fear of... debt doesn’t deserve to be at university in the first place“. </li></ul>
  5. 9. <ul><li>Professor Mike Neary: “The struggle is not for the University, but against what the University has become.” </li></ul>
  6. 11. <ul><li>What is to be done? </li></ul>