Vice-chancellor warns of ‘bleak future’ if HE cuts go ahead
This week, the Department for the Economy said a number of sectors are facing cuts as it deals with a funding deficit of £130 million (US$162 million). The department also said its officials have been asked to examine the revenue-raising potential of increasing university student fees in Northern Ireland to £7,000.
The budget for Northern Ireland was set by Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris in the absence of a Stormont executive. Greer said cuts at this level would increase the number of young people choosing to study in other parts of the UK and beyond. He said: “We already lose 34% of our young people (approximately 5,000) every year to universities in Great Britain and less than a third of those ever come back home.”
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