English academics concerned about high tuition fees establish "free" university

April 24, 2012

"All of us are very concerned about the burden being put on students of up to £9,000 a year and we want to show that there are alternative ways of running higher education," says a member of the Social Science Centre, a group of 40 English academics who will open a "free" university this September in Lincoln. All students will be part-time, and will be taught in evenings and weekends in venues such as community centres. While official degrees will not be awarded, all courses will be taught and assessed at the same level as similar classes at mainstream institutions. To cover costs, students who are employed will be asked to pay a voluntary monthly subscription fee, which will be equivalent to how much they make in an hour. BBC