By Claire West

Commenting on the publication of Lord Browne’s Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

“Student fees may dominate the headlines — but the real issue at stake is in ensuring that our universities and colleges are delivering the skills that businesses need to drive the UK’s economic recovery.

“Currently, too many students are graduating from degree courses without the technical or applied skills they need to succeed in the business world.

“We believe that Lord Browne’s review goes someway to address this, as universities will need to make the case for higher costs by demonstrating how their courses will help their students succeed in the economy. The funding protection offered to vital but expensive courses in science and engineering will also give business piece of mind that the proposals will deliver the skills they need.”