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The bright side of university reforms

Reforms to universities could mean that students have more information on jobs and what they should expect as a salary when they enter the workplace.

Although graduates are to pay more towards their degrees, government hopes that this will enable universities to improve the students’ experience. They propose that universities should become more accountable to students and expand students’ choices.

CBI chief policy director, Katja Hall, said “As tuition fees rise, it’s only right that students are in the driving seat, able to make much more informed decisions about what degree to take and where to study it.

“Under these plans, students would have much better information about the jobs and salaries they could achieve, having graduated in a particular course from a particular university. There will also be a need for employers to say what skills they need in the future and what the career prospects are for different qualifications.”

Preparation underway for public sector strikes

Yesterday teachers, civil and public servants voted to strike because of job cuts, pension cuts and pay cuts.

The national vote saw 83.6% of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) voting in favour of action of some sort, with 61.1% voting for a strike.

The PCS national committee has confirmed that they are preparing to strike on the 30th of June. They say they will work with the National Union of Teachers, Association of Teachers and Lecturers and the University and College Union to co-ordinate their plans.

The union issued the following statement:

“Unless the Government does an about-turn on its plans to force public sector workers to work longer and pay more for much less pension in retirement, this first joint strike will include 750,000 public servants. And there is also a very real prospect of hundreds of thousands more workers joining the dispute later in the year.”