The catalyst for first publishing The Sunday Times Good University Guide in 1998 was the introduction of £1,000 a year tuition fees. What was once free had to be paid for, an educational choice became a financial one also.
We publish our 20th edition today with annual tuition fees standing at £9,250 and on an inflation-linked conveyor belt ever upwards. Today’s students will graduate with debts of £50,000 on average, £7,000 more for students from the poorest backgrounds.
With so much at stake financially, there has never been a greater need for a guide like this to act as a first reference point in the decision making process about which university to go to – or whether to go at all.
There is also much…