I guess that is, more or less, good news. Does issueing the paper mean an official, unconditional "No!", or merely a "it might not be a good idea"?
Either way, without Cambridge, the entire top-up fee issue would dissolve into thin air. After all, who would come to IC if Cambridge offered education for 10000 pounds less per year, at a similar quality? (Well, apart from rich kids hoping to buy their degree, of course!)
Take careful note of the press release: All cambridge has said is that they will not introduce top up fees unless, only that they will not intriduce top up fees unless the government shows that it will not affect access. This is little more than a slightly more robust version of the caveats that Sykes imposed.
I wonder what Cambridge will consider adequate proof from the government that access is not affected? Especially since Government currently denies that the regime we have now has affected access, despite evidence to the contrary.
I agree, this smells just like a wee bit of posturing on Cambridge and the Russell Group's part to have some sort of half-assed public opposition to the scheme. Then when Cambridge (apparently reluctantly) does "capitulate", any remaining opposition will have to quieten down.
It would be nice to know whether the agreed statement is v much watered down from what CUSU wanted to see. This might give insight into whether it is all part of a Russel plan as Sunil says, or genuine objection.