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NUS Welcomes Hughes to uni access role

Wednesday 29-12-2010 - 00:00

NUS Welcomes Hughes to uni access role but warns his appointment is "tiny plaster over gaping wound"

Commenting on the appointment by the Government of Simon Hughes to the role of "Advocate for Access to Education", NUS President Aaron Porter said:

"We welcome any efforts to open up access to Higher Education and will work positively with Hughes to achieve it, but the role is a tiny plaster over a gaping wound. Achievement at A Level matters most, and no amount of 'better communication' can hide the Government's devastating cut of the Education Maintenance Allowance. Hughes will need to hold the Government to its promise that fees of more than £6,000 will only apply in 'exceptional' circumstances and get uni access scheme AimHigher reinstated"

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