Talking at Universities UK’s annual convention on the College of Leicester on Thursday, Steve West, president of the membership physique, warned that universities are “already doing extra with much less”.
The cap on home tuition charges is at present frozen and inflation has meant that the quantity universities obtain has fallen considerably in actual phrases.
“By 2024/25 the £9,250 annual payment will solely be value £6,600 in 2012–13 costs,” West instructed attendees at the occasion.
“We’re open to exploring a spread of prospects and dealing with governments, college students and workers to search out methods of funding larger schooling. This nationwide dialog ought to happen in parallel with the federal government’s plans to construct a extra versatile lifelong studying system.”
Earlier this yr, a parliamentary report warned that universities are over-reliant on worldwide college students, with non-domestic charges at present subsidising educating and analysis.
Each West and Vivienne Stern, newly-appointed CEO of Universities UK, additionally reiterated the significance of analysis funding as negotiations to formalise the UK’s affiliation with Horizon Europe proceed.
“The anticipated Spending Evaluate presents an actual threat, particularly to the analysis finances”
In July, the authorities set out contingency plans to make sure funding for analysis within the occasion that the UK doesn’t affiliate with Horizon, nevertheless it has not but supplied an actual finances or timeline.
West known as on the federal government to “recommit to assembly the goal of spending 2.4% of GDP on analysis and improvement and persevering with to do all it might probably to safe affiliation to Horizon Europe.”
Stern instructed attendees, “The Treasury is fearful about a variety of issues, I suppose, nevertheless it’s not notably fearful about you. So the anticipated Spending Evaluate presents an actual threat, particularly to the analysis finances put aside to fund Horizon alternate options.”
The convention passed off previous to the announcement of the loss of life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday night. Parliamentary exercise within the UK is at present suspended till September 21 for a interval of nationwide mourning.