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There's a growing expectation that the review of student finance in England, headed by the financier Philip Augar, is going to recommend a cut in tuition fees. The first figure floated, £6,500, seems to have drifted up to £7,500 after complaints from universities - but that would still be significantly less than the current maximum of £9,250. With some universities already facing precarious finances - with borrowing, recruitment problems and emergency bailouts - there are claims that institutions will be at risk of collapsing. Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner says the government needs to "get real about the consequences of a university going bust". But how likely is it to happen? ARE UNIVERSITIES REALLY IN FINANCIAL DIFFICULTY? Full story

18 February

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