UCU: Private companies interested in profit not education

Sally Hunt, University and College Union general secretary, warns against allowing private companies access to higher education:

"The government needs to look hard at the warnings coming in from its funding council, esteemed academics and America before pushing ahead with any rash plans to allow private companies greater access to our higher education system and taxpayers' money.

"The government's higher education policy is already in complete disarray after it got its sums wrong on fees. However, bringing in for-profit providers is not the answer to the current funding crisis in higher education. If the government ignores these warnings, millions of students face being ripped off by private operators whose main interest is their own profits, not education."