02 March 2022

On 24 February, the final government response to the Augar Review was published. The full response was followed by the launch of a host of consultation documents, proposing several key changes and proposals to student funding and access. Our vice-chancellor and president  Amanda Broderick, and local MP for East Ham, have jointly provided comment.


"A foundation in numeracy and literacy is important to study at all UK universities, but this is not just dependent on a qualification at 16. In our world-leading university sector, talent is recognised in all parts of society. The Government's regressive plans to limit access to university would exclude half of free school meal-eligible learners, 40 per cent of black pupils and over 86 per cent of special educational needs pupils in London, restricting potential skilled talent across all UK regions.

"Innovative, life-changing, award-winning, widening access programmes like New Beginnings at the University of East London could be at risk (more than 70 per cent of whom go on to achieve 2:1 or 1st class degrees), as are the futures of our young people, who after a turbulent two years in their formal education, may face increased barriers to accessing university. Levelling up requires us to increase the diversity of the talent pipeline, not narrow it.

"I look forward to working with government to support policy that focuses on continual improvement rather than options that could limit the future potential of Global Britain."

Professor Amanda Broderick, vice-chancellor and president

"The University of East London contributes positively to the Newham community, creating employment opportunities and widening access to existing opportunities. I am working in partnership with the law clinic, offering a placement to undergrad law students who help at my constituency surgeries. It is important that universities continue to be a pipeline to success for the local area. They should be able to level up opportunity for students and the local community. Instead, the Government is treating them as a political battleground.

"Its recent proposals cap students' ambitions by micromanaging university admissions. I look forward to continuing to support the University of East London, and am grateful for all its work for future generations in Newham."

Stephen Timms MP for East Ham.

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