But the news has also reminded me of how tricky the question of university fees will be for Labour in 2015. If Labour says it is going to reduce the fees universities can charge, it will have to accompany this with a promise to increase state funding to make up the difference. If it doesn’t, I suspect that top universities might threaten to go private.
So far, Ed Miliband has avoided binding his hands on the fees question—there’s tellingly been no pledge to reverse the coalition’s legislation. But the Lib Dems won’t be the only party for which higher education is a tricky issue at the next election.