Warning over university fees

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HIGHER university fees could stop students from poorer families becoming lawyers, teachers or doctors – because they will not be able to afford vital postgraduate studies, it is claimed.

The warning comes from Professor Keith Burnett, Sheffield University vice-chancellor, who believes fears about fees should not be restricted to their impact on applications for basic degree courses.

He says access to many of the top professions is gained only through further postgraduate qualifications.

“He said: If the prospect of funding postgraduate study puts off able students with talent and potential, but without the resources, we shall see a crucial change in the social balance within professions.”