City MP attacks lack of vision

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SHEFFIELD Central MP Paul Blomfield has criticised the Goverment for lacking a ‘compelling vision’ for higher education in the UK.

In a business debate in the House of Commons, Mr Blomfield attacked the ‘debacle’ over tuition fees, the damage caused by restricting visas for international students and a failure to develop policies on post-graduate education.

The Labour MP also cited the UK’s slump in this year’s world university rankings, which saw Sheffield University falling out of the top 100, and others falling down the table.

He said: “The Government lacks a compelling vision for UK higher education, and that what’s behind the fall in our international reputation rankings.”

Manchester and the LSE were the only institutions to buck the trend.