Professor Van Bueren, 'Cutting tuition fees could be unlawful'
24 July 2009
Professor Geraldine Van Bueren, Professor of International Human Rights Law at Queen Mary, University of London writes in the Independent about proposals that would see tuition fees waived for students living at home. She argues that this scheme would eventually “give rise to further expenditure” through a series of legal challenges based on the Human Rights Act. The Act says that nobody should be denied the right to education, which includes going to university; however students are no longer guaranteed a place. She said: “To link the right of access to university to such an arbitrary basis as parental location will be open to challenge in the courts. The nearest university may not even specialise in a student's chosen subject.”