Access for All: Young people and the cost of university

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Date(s) - 08/07/2013
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The launch of brand new research on young people’s attitudes to the cost of higher education.

Twitter hashtag: #access4all

Speakers include:

  • Rt. Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science
  • Paul Clark, Universities UK
  • Roxanne Stockwell, Pearson
  • Andy Ross, James Lloyd, Strategic Society Centre
  • Dr Tessa Stone, Chief Executive, Brightside
  • Claire Crawford, Programme Director, IFS
  • Chair: John Gill, Editor, Times Higher Education

Ensuring all young people feel able to go to university whatever their background has become even more important to policymakers since the government raised the cap on university tuition fees in England to £9,000 per year.

Given concerns that the new fee regime will deter some young people from applying, it is vital that policymakers are equipped with the best possible evidence of which young people feel concerned by the cost of university, why, and how this affects their decision making.

This event will see the launch of brand new quantitative research into this topic using data from the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE).

The research provides comprehensive evidence on:

  • Which young people feel deterred by the cost of going to university and why?
  • What early factors can predict financial concerns with the cost of higher education?
  • Among those most wary of the cost of university, who overcomes these concerns and why?

In addition to these questions, this event will explore what the findings of the research mean for the range of current policies designed to help young people adapt to the new tuition fee regime in England, and to those working in universities, colleges and schools to support widening participation.

This event is free and open to all; however, registration is required.

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