Student demonstrations 1988-1989-part-3

Fly-on-the-wall documentary covering protests and campaigning in 1988 and 1989 as the first erosion of further education funding began.

Despite countless protests, grants were gradually reduced for students and The Student Loans Company was founded for the 1990/91 academic year to provide students with additional help towards living costs in the form of low-interest loans.

In 1997, a report by Sir Ron Dearing recommended that students should contribute to the costs of university education. The Labour government under Tony Blair then passed the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998 which introduced tuition fees of £1,000 to start in the 1998/9 academic year.

Maintenance grants were replaced with repayable student loans for all but the poorest students.

The Higher Education Act 2004 increased tuition fees from £1,000 to £3,000 and by the 2005/6 academic year, the Student Loans Company was providing £2.79 billion in loans to 1,080,000 students.

On 22 January 2003 the new Labour education secretary Charles Clarke published a white paper with proposals allowing universities to set their own tuition fees up to a cap of £3000 a year. By 2010 the figure had grown considerably.

The Con-Lib coalition government made a number of adjustments to recommendations put forward, the main one being the rejection of Lord Browne's recommendation that the cap to Universities be completely lifted, instead agreeing a £9,000 per year cap. Despite raising the point at which tuition fees loans are paid back from £15,000 to £21,000 a year, further education may see students rack up massive debts of up to £30,000 before they even start a life of employment.

Filmed on a Panasonic M7 VHS video camera

Camera, Editing and Production - Rob Welham BA

Additional footage: courtesy Meridian TV News

Post Production: on two machine Panasonic edit suite with titles added using Windows Movie Maker

© tvnewswatch 1989

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