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    • MSE William
    • By MSE William 31st Aug 17, 6:19 PM
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    Is post-school education good value for money?
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    • 31st Aug 17, 6:19 PM
    Is post-school education good value for money? 31st Aug 17 at 6:19 PM
    The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee is investigating the funding of post-school education, which includes universities, further education colleges and apprenticeships.

    They really want to hear what you think about the current system, and how it could be improved.

    1. Did your post-school education give you the skills you need?
    2. Do you think it was good value for money?
    3. What changes would improve the current system?

    Please tell us your thoughts below and we!!!8217;ll send them on to the Committee.

    *****UPDATE: Chance to meet the Committee and tell them your views in person*****

    Thanks so much for the comments you've posted already. The Committee is still reading them, as it starts to hold meetings on this topic, including a meeting with Martin Lewis on Tuesday 17 October.

    In addition to your comments here, the Committee has asked us to post this message on its behalf:

    You!!!8217;re invited: The funding of higher education

    Come to our event about the funding of higher education and help inform the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee inquiry into the economics of higher, further and technical education.

    The big issue

    !!!8220;The cost of going to university is increasing, but many graduates do not end up in jobs requiring a degree and will not be able to pay back their loans. This year the total amount of student loans outstanding was 89 billion. This is projected to increase to 500 billion in the mid-2030s and 1 trillion in the late 2040s.!!!8221; Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, Chairman of the committee

    At the event we will be asking you about:

    !!!8226; Your experience and view of tuitions fees
    !!!8226; If higher education provides value for money
    !!!8226; If higher education prepares you for employment

    How can you help?

    Are you an undergraduate student with experiences and views on tuition fees? If so, come to our event and help shape the inquiry.

    Participants will:

    !!!8226; Get a tour of Parliament
    !!!8226; Meet members of the committee to discuss student loans, the way university courses work, and employment for graduates
    !!!8226; Get the chance to speak to staff about careers in Parliament.

    When and where?

    Date: Tuesday 21 November
    Time: 3-6pm
    Venue: Westminster, London

    The event is free to attend, but we want to ensure a diverse range of experiences and views are represented.

    To register your interest in attending please complete our survey and we will let you know if you have been selected to attend by the end of October.

    Please complete this survey by midnight on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

    If you know anyone else who would be interested, please pass on this information.

    You may claim back the cost of your travel expenses. We!!!8217;ll give you more information when we confirm your place.
    Last edited by MSE William; 11-10-2017 at 12:14 PM.

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    • mark5
    • By mark5 13th Sep 17, 11:49 PM
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    The most obvious issue is the fees in England and the lack of a maintenance grant. I still find it astonishing England based students are at a distinct disadvantage over their fellow UKers when it comes to going to University and nobody seems to be making a major noise about it. How can it be fair that a student from England can go on the same course in Scotland as a fellow Brit, but end up in huge debt - whereas the Scottish based student does not? They both may go for the same jobs (which could be in England). Why is the difference in tuition fees so huge between England and Wales? There is no distinction made between wealthy students and poorer students - yes they can all take out a loan, but the savvy rich would not, and the poor have to. Then there is interest on top of that. The maintenance loan is also an issue for first year students because they have to live somewhere. The quality of halls is not always great, but the charges are. I've seen so many Universities spending huge amounts on smart buildings that win awards and look snazzy, but I would rather money was invested so that students wouldn't have to pay so much just to attend. It's the quality of teaching that matters and I don't think that, given the number of teaching hours, students should be paying so much in England. Don't bring up the fees for Wales and Scotland, bring down the fees in England so that all UKers have an equal chance in life.
    Originally posted by Fluffybunny
    With Wales it's down to the Welsh assembly but we just suffer in other areas, when England had a council tax freeze for a few years my council tax was going up 5% each year.

    The NHS seems to be better in England as well.

    They give with one hand but take with the other, some gain from this while others don't!
    • MSE Andrea
    • By MSE Andrea 12th Oct 17, 9:24 AM
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    MSE Andrea
    Hi everyone

    We've updated the post with more info and a chance to go into Parliament.

    Could you do with a Money Makeover?

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