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Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP

Chair
The All-Party Parliamentary University Group (Confirmed)

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods chairs the All-Party Parliamentary University Group and has been Member of Parliament for the City of Durham since she was first elected in 2005. Roberta is currently Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government, having previously also been a Shadow Minister for International Development, and for Business Innovation and Skills. Before entering Parliament, Roberta was an academic having been Dean of Social Sciences and Labour studies at Ruskin College, Oxford; and as Dean and Professor of Social Policy at the University of Northumbria. She was also a councillor in Newcastle and Oxford.

  • Examining prospective changes to student fees from a policy perspective
  • Raising the earnings threshold for repaying tuition fees in England, saving individual students up to £15,700 over their working lives
  • Exploring the role of higher education institutions as service providers and resolving the dilemma presented by an absence of market diversity
  • Considering the impact of the contemporary fees system on students from poorer backgrounds