Today marks the release of the long-awaited report to the review of post-18 education and funding, chaired by Philip Augar. This report does not address the problem of the marketisation of education.
Oxford SU welcomes the scrutiny placed on the system of tertiary education, which currently sees students disadvantaged due to factors such as where they live, their ethnicity and their socio-economic status. The report includes a number of bold proposals, and Oxford SU will soon provide a fuller analysis of these and their impact on our members and the HE environment.
However, the report fails to address the root of the problem, namely the marketisation of tertiary education. Until we see a change in how tertiary education is viewed such that it is not treated as a commodity to be bought and sold, we do not believe that real solutions will be found. Oxford SU will continue to work to mitigate the impact of the marketisation, and continue to support calls to end this harmful policy.
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