Browne Report – Phase III – 52,000 Protest Cuts to Higher Education in the U.K.

Dear Commons Community,

Twice I have commented on the massive cutbacks to higher education in the United Kingdom   (see


These cutbacks, recommended as part of the Browne Report issued last month, also called for significant tuition increases at just about all colleges and universities.  Yesterday,  52,000 protesters marched on Parliament in response.  The march turned violent and fourteen people, including seven police officers, were injured. Thirty-five people were arrested.

Here in New York State, we are awaiting the “the Cuomo Report” that will require significant cutbacks in public higher education as well as tuition increases.  Tuition increases are already on the agenda for the next meeting of the CUNY Board of Trustees.



  1. Dear Commons Community,

    As a follow-up to this posting, various news services reported that on Thursday, December 9, 2010, what started as a peaceful demonstration by students against increases in tuition turned violent when a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife, Camila, was pelted with eggs, rocks and beer cans by the student protesters.