Commenting on the NUS Poverty Commission report, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“Too often, student poverty has been missing from debates about higher education funding. The NUS Poverty Commission report is an important corrective to this, highlighting the challenges which many students – particularly those from working-class backgrounds or studying part-time – face in accessing and succeeding in post-16 education. While there has been progress in widening participation this evidence suggests that, for many, the day-to-day challenges of meeting basic needs have become greater in recent years.
“The government’s ongoing Post 18 Education and Funding Review must look seriously at the issues raised by this report. There is much good practice across the higher education sector in supporting students from all backgrounds to succeed – the Review should seek to build on and incentivise this activity, to make sure no one is held back from making the most of their time studying.”
Notes to editors
- Our written evidence to the NUS Poverty Commission can be found here.