At a time when the UK is making crucial choices about the future of universities and the costs which are borne by students, it is essential that the debate about what higher education is for and how it should be funded reaches beyond party politics. We need to hear the insights of students and business, of parents and universities. We need to consider what is being paid, by whom and on what terms. The future of the UK's productivity, of our great universities and of young people themselves demands that we think hard about what is right.
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