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Lord David Willetts to Receive Honorary Degree

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The man who oversaw the rise in university degrees to £9,000 is due to receive an honorary degree for free on 15th August.

The University of Leicester has chosen to award the former Universities Minister, Lord David Willetts, with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree during the upcoming graduation ceremonies being held this summer.

Mr Willetts, was acting as Minister of State for Universities and Science within the coalition party between 2010 and 2014 and directly oversaw the increase in tuition fees from £3,000 to £9,000 in 2012.

Some may argue that it is a little ironic to be awarding the degree to Lord David Willetts given the university's quoted motto of "Elite without being Elitist".

In addition, it could be argued that the increasing of tuition fees to the current £9,000 cap, which is again under threat due to the latest government proposals, has discouraged many from attending university at all due to the increased cost, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mr Willett's connection to the city has also been called into question with the former minister having little to do with the university expect for an occasional speech and the opening of the of the University's space research facility.