Publications in: Higher education

The Economic Cost of Providing Potential Refunds to Students During the Covid 19 Pandemic – June 2021

Published: 1 June, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the LSE and University of Sheffield Students’ Unions to undertake a piece of analysis on higher education fees and funding. Underpinned by the significant financial constraints facing higher education institutions as a result of the pandemic, we were tasked with analysing a range of alternative approaches to provide domestic students […]

The Cost of Amending Repayment Thresholds Alongside Changes in Interest Rate and Loan Repayment Period – June 2021

Published: 10 June, 2021

London Economics were commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute to undertake some modelling of higher education fees and funding arrangements. Based on the current system of repayments facing the 2020-21 cohort of undergraduates, we were asked to model the resource impact on the Exchequer of the removal of real interest rates, the possible extension […]

The Economic and Social Impact of The Open University

Published: 6 November, 2020

London Economics were commissioned to analyse the economic and social impact of The Open University across the United Kingdom in 2018-19. To capture the economic impact of the University, we generated estimates of the economic benefits associated with the University’s formal teaching and learning activity associated with the 2018-19 cohort of UK-domiciled Open University students. […]

The Economic and Social Impact of the University of Birmingham on the City of Guangzhou

Published: 23 October, 2019

The University of Birmingham has a long-standing history of cooperation with the Chinese city of Guangzhou, covering research, education, public health, and capacity building programmes. London Economics were commissioned to estimate the economic impact on the Chinese economy generated by the University of Birmingham’s collaborative activities in Guangzhou in these areas. Our analysis of this […]

Counting the Cost of the Augar Review – July 2019

Published: 2 July, 2019

Following the publication of the Augur Review in May 2019, London Economics undertook a detailed analysis of the Review’s core recommendations for higher education funding on the Treasury, universities, students and graduates. Focusing on the resource flows associated with the 2018/19 cohort of first-year English-domiciled undergraduate students (studying anywhere in the UK) and EU-domiciled students […]

Assessing the Impact of the Augur Review – on the Exchequer, Higher Education Institutions, Students and Graduates

Published: 14 June, 2019

Following the publication of the Augur Review in May 2019, London Economics were commissioned by Universities UK to estimate the impact of the Review’s core recommendations for higher education funding on the Treasury, universities, students and graduates. Focusing on the resource flows associated with the 2018/19 cohort of first-year English-domiciled undergraduate students (studying anywhere in […]

BBC Radio 4 – The University Time Bomb – March 2019

Published: 03 April, 2019

London Economics recently contributed to the BBC Radio 4 series The Great University Time Bomb. The two-part series hosted by Branwen Jeffreys addressed the many financial issues currently facing the higher education sector ahead of the Augar Review of higher education fees and funding and the Office for National Statistics assessment of student loan accounting treatment. Episode 1 […]

Wonkhe Podcast on Higher Education

Published: 15 March, 2019

Listen to London Economics discussing the implications for higher education of the March 2019 OBR Fiscal Outlook and Spring Statement, university accommodation, essay mills and HESA Data Futures: Data, housing, funding and cheating  

The UK Tax Revenues from International Graduates – March 2019

Published: 21 March, 2019

London Economics were commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) and Kaplan International Pathways to undertake a detailed analysis of taxation receipts accrued by the United Kingdom Exchequer associated with international graduates in the UK labour market post graduation. The analysis focuses on the expected income tax, National Insurance and VAT contributions generated by the 235,325 international students commencing their studies in […]

Fees, Funding and Fairness – Understanding and Estimating the Costs Associated with the Student Support Offer

Published: 07 March, 2019

In light of the Augar Review, London Economics were asked by AdvanceHE to present an analysis of the main issues affecting higher education fees and funding. The analysis presents some estimates of the potential impact associated with a reduction in the tuition fee level (to £7,500) as well as the reintroduction of maintenance grants.  We […]