Posts in the category of: Universities, Science & Skills

Statement on HEPI research on student migration – 25 June 2015

by Liam Byrne | 25.06.15

  Dear friends,   Today HEPI has released the findings of it’s recent survey of students’ attitudes towards studying alongside international students.   Here’s my statement in response:   “If we want to lead the world in science, research and new technologies then the free movement of students and scientists is key. Today’s research from […]

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Statement on Prof Wolf’s report on the Funding of Further Education

by Liam Byrne | 24.06.15

    Dear all,   Following the publication this morning of the report by Professor Baroness Alison Wolf: ‘Heading for the precipice: can further and higher education funding policies be sustained?’ which raises serious concerns about the funding of FE, please find below a statement from Labour’s Shadow Skills Minister Liam Byrne MP:   “This […]

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Liam Byrne MP statement on Tory plans to cut student maintenance grants

by Liam Byrne | 12.06.15

  Dear friends,   You may have seen the report by the BBC’s Newsnight last night on Tory plans to cut student maintenance grants. This is deeply troubling. You can read the full story on the BBC News website here:   And my statement on the matter is below:   “The coalition betrayed […]

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Statement on Education Committee report on apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds – 9 March 2015

by Liam Byrne | 09.03.15

The House of Commons Education Committee has produced a major report on the government’s record on apprenticeships and traineeships for 16-19 year olds. The report shows that not enough teenagers are taking up apprenticeships and that among 16 to 19 year olds the number of opportunities has decreased by 10,000. Commenting on the report Shadow […]

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Labour will reduce tuition fees from £9,000 to £6,000

by Liam Byrne | 27.02.15

Earlier today Ed Miliband announced Labour’s fully funded plan to reduce tuition fees at English universities to £6,000 from September 2016. Both Ed Miliband and I know that Britain needs a higher education system that’s fit for the future. Our nation’s universities are quite simply too important – and too good – to fail. I […]

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Statement on BIS skills funding letter

by Liam Byrne | 26.02.15

Today the Department for Business Innovation & Skills published its skills funding letter, which sets out the funding priorities and available budget for the further education (FE) and skills sector for the 2015 to 2016 financial year. In response to the government’s letter the Skills Funding Agency Chief Executive Peter Lauener stated that this could […]

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Statement on Public Accounts Committee report on private providers

by Liam Byrne | 24.02.15

Today the Public Accounts Committee published its report on ‘Financial support for students at alternative higher education providers’. The full report is available here. Commenting on the report Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills said: “These findings show the staggering way the Tory-led government has wasted hundreds of millions of pounds […]

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Discussing ‘The Good Economy’ with Archbishop Justin Welby

by Liam Byrne | 05.02.15

Last night saw the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby give a keynote speech exploring how to re-connect wealth creation and social justice.  The speech was delivered at an event hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Inclusive Growth, chaired by Liam Byrne. Following the Archbishop’s speech, a panel of leading experts from across business, […]

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Visit to the Crossrail Site

by Liam Byrne | 02.02.15 | Tags:

I was incredibly impressed to see the amazing progress of the Crossrail tunneling project under Tottenham Court Road when I was shown around by Crossrail Chairman Terry Morgan. It was also great to hear about the Crossrail academy which is providing hundreds of apprenticeships and vital skills.  

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Statement on Universities UK Letter to the Times – 02 February 2015

by Liam Byrne | 01.02.15

  Commenting on the letter from Universities UK (UUK) to the Times newspaper, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills Liam Byrne MP said:      “The Tory-led government trebled fees and now it is crystal clear that the student finance system is going bust, saddling students with debts most will never repay of £43,500 […]

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