Students and lecturers are warning that theology and religious studies departments in British universities could be under threat due to cuts in higher education funding. Bangor University will this year accept new theology students for the last time, while staff at Birmingham have warned that they will consider strike action to resist compulsory redundancies.
The Business Secretary, Vince Cable has triggered a mixed reaction after saying that university students will “almost certainly” have to pay more towards their education, in contrast to the Liberal Democrats' previous approach.
Ministers are facing a strong challenge to their plans to privatise student loans, with academics and student campaigners criticising the proposals. The policy is part of a wider government plan to sell off around £3 billion worth of assets.