Please email the Russell Group Vice-Chancellors with the following message:
I am writing to express my deep concern that, as Russell Group Vice-Chancellors, you have welcomed a proposed ‘premium fee’ that will nearly treble the cost of their education for students, while removing the public support for courses in the arts, humanities and social sciences. This is associated with a ‘soft capped fee’ which will bring a significant cut in income for what you are pleased to regard as ‘non-elite’ universities. Their fate is apparently not a matter of concern, despite the evident excellence of research and teaching across the sector (as demonstrated in the RAE and National Student Survey).
Your silence over the philistinism of the Browne Report and the absence of any defence of the public value of Universities on your part is also striking. The term ‘elite’ implies leadership, but the Russell Group has failed to express anything other than self interest. In the process, you have set yourself against your students and many of your staff.
I urge you to speak out in support of the public value of universities and against the proposed privatisation of the higher education sector.
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