Tuition fees heading down in 2019?

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If the education secretary and universities minister are looking across the snowy pages of next year's diary, there will be one date they'll already be thinking about.

The recommendations from the review of tuition fees and university funding in England are going to land on their desks, most probably in January or February.

The government won't respond immediately - it could be months before anything appears - but at some point, the Department for Education, 10 Downing Street and the Treasury will have to hammer out a decision.

Should tuition fees in England be reduced from the current £9,250? Should the cost of studying be linked to future earnings? What about training for those who don't go into higher education?

The start of this review already feels like another age. It was announced in 2017 by a prime minister chastened by the loss of her parliamentary majority and challenged by Labour's promise to the young to scrap tuition fees.

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University 'forced out' from Budapest

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A university in Hungary now formally accepts that it "has been forced out" from its Budapest base - after a weekend deadline to reach a deal with the government passed without any last-minute agreement.

"We can no longer operate as a free institution in the city and country we call home," said the president of the Central European University (CEU), Michael Ignatieff.

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Threatened university faces final deadline

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A university in Hungary, created to foster democracy in post-Communist central Europe, seems about to be pushed over the border into Austria.

It is being claimed as the first time since World War Two that a university in a European democracy will have been forced to close.

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Should firms pay their employees' tuition fees?

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Businesses should pay more towards the cost of university fees in England, rather than putting the debt on the shoulders of students, suggests a report from the Higher Education Policy Institute.

The think tank report is calling for a completely different approach to tuition fees.

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University given £1m bailout from watchdog

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A UK university had to be given an emergency loan of almost £1m by the higher education watchdog to stay afloat this autumn.

It's been discovered that the Office for Students provided the bailout when the university faced the prospect of running out of cash and being unable to pay its bills.

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Are students overpaying for tuition fees?

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If universities in England really need to have tuition fees of £9,250, how can they offer taught postgraduate courses for as little as £5,100?

Since it was revealed a government-commissioned review was considering cutting fees to £6,500, universities have been in overdrive with dire warnings about how this would wreck their finances.

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Tuition fees cut to £6,500 but higher for science?

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Image caption A final decision on the future of tuition fees is expected early next year

Tuition fees in England's universities could be cut to £6,500 - but with much higher fees, up to £13,500, proposed for some subjects that could lead to higher earnings, such as medicine or science.

That's an idea that seems to be under serious consideration by the prime minister's review of post-18 education, headed by Philip Augar.

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Would a university really be allowed to go bust?

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Hundreds of thousands of young people and their families are currently applying for university - going on open days and checking out shiny promises on websites.

They might have had an anxious look at Thursday's headlines, with the i newspaper warning that three unnamed universities were on the "brink of bankruptcy".

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Is Labour tied in knots over academies?

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The Labour Party has shifted to a more hard-line policy on schools, saying it would scrap the current academy system.

But dozens of its own MPs are part of a group opening academies and planning to become one of England's biggest academy providers.

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School funding 'exaggerated' by ministers, says watchdog

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School funding claims made by the Department for Education used "misrepresented" and "exaggerated" figures, says the UK's statistics watchdog.

The UK Statistics Authority, in a letter to Education Secretary Damian Hinds on Monday, says it had "serious concerns" about the department's "presentation and use of statistics".

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