York lecturers support rival white paper

Academics from the University of York have signed a white paper challenging government education reforms and labelling them misguided.

Professor Peter Biller and Dr Mary Madden are among hundreds of academics from across the UK who have signed the Alternative White Paper.

The document criticises the government for having no separate vision of higher education and its benefits to students and wider society.

The publication also argues that the Browne Report completely ignored the public value of education, focusing on financial benefits to individuals such as high earnings and contribution to economic growth.

The new document focuses on the benefits to society of public higher education rather than fees or caps. It also argues the government’s policy is founded on ideology rather than financial reasons and that it will make no long term savings.