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Universities face 'tough challenges'

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The Business Secretary Lord Mandelson has told a group of university Vice Chancellors that universities must protect access for poorer applicants if they are to be allowed to raise tuition fees.

In a speech to the Russell Group of 20 leading universities, Lord Mandelson said graduates and universities face a tough challenge over the coming years.

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