In his first public appearance since he was appointed universities minister earlier this month, Sam Gyimah did not rule out a cut in tuition fees – a move that Jo Johnson, his predecessor, and Justine Greening, the former education secretary, had reportedly resisted consideration of.
“If you look back at the 2012 reforms when this current fee regime was introduced, I think it is right that we go back and see how it works across the system,” Mr Gyimah told an audience at Queen Mary University of London on 18 January.
Mr Gyimah declined to comment on when the major review of university funding announced by the prime minister Theresa May in October will go ahead, nor on its terms of reference.
But he claimed that opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn’s position on fees was disingenuous, warning that a pledge to make tuition free would only “stoke disillusionment among students” in the long run.
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