The former Labour Business Secretary is to warn Labour about their imminent higher education pledge.
In higher education policy, Labour can be more radical – and on the cheap.
The number of part-time students has fallen by a third since 2010.
Labour’s mooted tuition fee policy would increase inequality.
The shadow universities minister Liam Byrne is travelling around estuary England this week in his party’s bid to make a manifesto for young people.
Ed Miliband has hinted at a big announcement on higher education, an area where the party seems confused at best.
Disadvantaged pupils are not put off by the rise in fees; demand for studying at university is now at a record high.
Despite the fact that competition for funding and accountability has increased in German higher education, there is still a general consensus that it is a public system and should be state-funded.
With students paying more than ever, richer data is needed for them to accurately know how much their course will enhance their prospects.
Vice chancellors should join the discussion about alternatives to the current model.