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Students whose parents did not go to uni should have first year of tuition fees waived, experts say


STUDENTS whose parents did not go to university should have the first year of their fees waived, experts say.

The Higher Education Policy Institute, which is behind the idea, wants universities to help more in reuniting the divided country after Brexit.

It also wants hundreds of millions of pounds of research funding to be redirected into the country’s poorest regions.

Researchers say youngsters with parents who didn’t go to university are put off by student debts. This plan would give them a £9,000 discount.

Lord Bob Kerslake, who helped pen the report, demanded unis wake up to their civic responsibility.

He said: “Brexit involves not just withdrawal from the European Union, but a fundamental shaping of the nation’s economic and social model.

“Universities need to be central to that conversation and help the government reach out to parts of the country which have felt left behind by education and economic opportunity.

“This is our civic responsibility, and it needs to become core to our institutional values.”

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University said: “It will be impossible for the sector to fulfil the vision of higher education as a force for social good without a significant reshaping of funding, responsibilities and incentives.”

Boris Johnson has vowed to “level up” Britain by pumping cash into left behind towns.

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