London universities attack ‘levelling down’ plans to cut funding

Universities in capital say proposals could create more inequalities than it addresses

Universities in London have said the government’s “levelling up” agenda has resulted in a funding shortfall that risks pushing three institutions into the red.

The universities regulator, the Office for Students (OfS), is planning to remove a portion of the state teaching grant that was previously channelled towards institutions in London to reflect the higher costs of delivering education there. But universities in the capital say this could create more inequalities than it addresses, given the scale of deprivation in the city.

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