A deal has been struck: students resident in Wales won’t have to pay top-up fees at Welsh universities, while English and Scottish students will (as will Welsh students who go to English universities). The National Assembly will compensate the universities for the difference (more than £50 million a year by 2009/10). It has also, apparently, pledged to address under-funding of Welsh universities compared to their English and Scottish counterparts, amounting to £100 million (per year?).
(I wonder if I’ll be in Wales for long enough to see whether the money makes any noticeable difference?)