We are putting student support at the top of our agenda with an ambitious new initiative, writes Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
Professor Stephen J Toope, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge
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School leavers in the UK today have a greater opportunity to go to university than ever before, regardless of their backgrounds. That is how it should be in an advanced economy that puts a premium on intellectual achievement and skills.
But the noisy debate over the affordability of student loans in England and the limited availability of postgraduate funding underlines how the cost of study can still act as a real barrier to education. Whatever the outcome of the government’s current review into the funding of post-18 education, these are issues that will not go away. This is why it is so important that universities like Cambridge are able to offer financial support to the most talented students from around the world.
I am passionate about breaking down the barriers that might prevent some of those very talented students from coming to Cambridge. It is good for them – and it is good for the University – if we can help cover their tuition fees, living and study expenses. They benefit from a great education. In turn, the University benefits from working with some of the finest minds from around the world.