UCU: Bursaries have also been slashed

University and College union general secretary Sally Hunt comments on news that tuition fees will fall by just 0.5% in 2012:

"In the main universities that have cut their fees have also had to slash the bursaries they can offer potential students.

"So while students may be attracted to a cheaper course they will probably receive less financial support when they are at university.

"The fact that students who have already applied have just a month to make such important decisions exposes the utter shambles of the government's higher education policy.

"We now have a staggering situation where people have to work out if they can afford to study certain courses, rather than follow their dreams."