chapter  Chapter 1
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The Universities

ByToby Burrows

In July, 1981, British universities were told by the University Grants Committee (UGC) what their individual allocations would be for the years 1981/82 to 1983/84. They had already been warned to expect cuts in their recurrent grants of at least 11%. The final cuts were unevenly distributed; some universities had their grant reduced by 40% or more, while others lost less than 5%. Salford, Aston, Bradford, and Keele were the worst affected, while Bath, Cambridge, and York were among those who were least affected. These reductions came soon after government policy on overseas students had been changed, requiring most students to pay the full cost of their education. This had caused a rapid decrease in the number of overseas students and in universities’ income from them.