UWS funding under review

UNIVERSITY of Western Sydney staff and students await the results of two federal government reviews that may affect higher-education funding.

Vice-chancellor Barney Glover said both the commission of audit assessing all commonwealth spending and a review of the demand-driven system of university funding had begun work.

There have been no caps on undergraduate programs, with the exception of medicine.

The government has funded places for all of the students that universities have been able to attract into them since the demand-driven system was introduced in 2012.

"A demand-driven system with strong growth does place some challenges on government outlays to fund the commonwealth supported places that are required to meet that increased demand for higher education," Professor Glover said.

"Students are under enormous pressure financially in higher education, and this university, along with all others in the sector, advocated very strongly against the $2.8 billion in cuts that were announced by the former Labor government.

Former education minister David Kemp, and the Grattan Institute's higher education program director, Andrew Norton, lead the university review. Their report is due next month.

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