Canterbury’s two big Universities, Kent and Canterbury Christ Church, face growing financial stress because of the Tory Government’s massive reduction in funding for universities and students. A review of University finances is planning cuts in the fees payable by students, which will fall from £9,250 a year to £6,500, and stopping at least 20,000 students from going to University.
These new plans by the Tories mean big gaps between the income Universities get from fees and the actual cost of running courses and campuses. It may also mean a cap on student numbers, which in turn will result in job losses across the board.
Canterbury Christ Church has already cut some courses and jobs, and there are many other Universities across Britain on the edge.
With the national shortage of nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals, this should be a time of expansion for our universities. But the loss of bursaries and the increase in the cost of training means that they are struggling to recruit.
The consequences of the slash and burn Tory policy will be to lower student numbers, courses abolished, jobs cut, all of which will have a big knock on negative effect on our local economy.
This is really bad news for Canterbury, and we have to stop it.