The 1994 Group have responded to today’s Commons vote on increasing graduate contributions. Professor Paul Wellings, 1994 Group Chairman and Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University, said:
‘“The abiding mission of 1994 Group universities is to offer excellent teaching in research rich environments for an outstanding student experience. Today’s decision gives us clarity on how we will continue to do this in a tight spending environment.
However, this can’t be the end of the reform programme. We want to see the Government come forward with proposals for supporting post-graduate students, for valuing arts and humanities, and for maximising the benefits that our world class research brings to the country.”’
Commenting on the vote by MPs to reform university tuition fees, Dr Wendy Piatt, Director General of the Russell Group of universities, said:
‘“We are relieved that this vote passed as we believe the Government’s proposals for higher graduate contributions are now the only way of ensuring we maintain a world-class, fair and sustainable higher education system in England.
We remain concerned about the funding shortfall our universities will have to work with before they have access to any new fee income. There is still much to be resolved but today was an important step in the right direction.”’
Both quotes from the websites of the Russell and 1994 Groups.