Bridge Group/HEPI Policy Seminar: University Tuition Fees

Tuesday 19th Sep 2017

University Tuition Fees: What is a Fair Deal for Students?

2 – 4pm, RSA House, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

In partnership with HEPI, the Bridge Group are convening a policy seminar to debate the future of university of tuition fees. This topic has received a great deal of political and public attention over recent months, particularly following the Labour Party’s manifesto pledge to write off student fees. But confusion and uncertainty abounds over the fairest way to fund the higher education system to ensure that it is accessible and widely available for students from all backgrounds.

Our seminar provides an opportunity to clarify thinking on the subject and establish key areas for reform to promote greater social equality. We will be joined by four leading experts on the higher education funding system who will be sharing evidence and ideas and then participating in a discussion chaired by Nick Hillman (Director, HEPI):

Professor Claire Callender (Birkbeck,University of London)

The Rt. Hon. Lord David Willetts (Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation)

Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies)

Professor Alison Wolf (King’s College, London)

This conversation is aimed at senior leaders and stakeholders from across sectors. We would welcome participation from students who are actively involved with the NUS and are proposing areas for reform. Attendees will have the opportunity to raise questions for contributors and for policymakers more broadly. Chatham House Rules will be followed.

Further reading

Claire Callender and Johnathan Jackson, ‘Does the fear of debt deter students from higher education‘, Journal of Social Policy

Alison Wolf, ‘Remaking Tertiary Education: can we create a system that is fair and fit for purpose?’, Education Policy Institute

Book a place

If you have any queries about this seminar or would like to reserve a place to attend, please contact

There is no charge to attend but places are limited. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to attend the seminar.