Employers should foot the bill for higher education expansion

* Employers should foot the bill for higher education expansion to avoid imposing tuition fees on students, the Association of University Teachers said last week.

And the cash should be ring-fenced to avoid vice-chancellors "syphoning" it off for purposes other than education, 200 delegates agreed at a national AUT conference to debate the implications of Sir Ron Dearing's inquiry into the future of HE.

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