The real horror is this bit:
Browne has gone beyond his original remit by suggesting that public funding or ‘subsidy’ for higher education be limited only to clinical training programmes (price group A) and priority programmes (price group B and potentially some of price group C). The removal of all HEFCE funding for bands D and C would remove 75% of our teaching grant (many other universities would lose over 90% of their teaching grants) and to replace this funding we would have to charge all students £6,500 a year.
This means essentially that Browne has offered on behalf of the HE sector that we give up all public funding for humanities, arts and social sciences.One of the overlooked awful ideas is that student funding will be limited to those above a certain level of attainment. On the face of it, this sounds fine, until you think about all our mature students whose schooling didn't ever plan for university, the students who went to poor schools, those who've turned their lives around after wasting their time in school, and those discriminated against for various reasons while at school (for which there is lots of very good evidence).
I'd better look for a new job.