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The number of universities and colleges in England with a financial deficit has jumped by almost 70% in just one year.

The number of universities and colleges in England with a financial deficit has jumped by almost 70% in just one year.

The number of universities and colleges in England with a financial deficit has jumped by almost 70% in just one year.

In 2017-18, 32 higher education (HE) providers spent more money than they received in income, an increase from 19 providers in 2016-17, analysis by BBC News has found.

The Universities and College Union (UCU) said rising deficits had resulted in cuts to staff and student support.

The Department for Education did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for UK Universities, which represents HE providers, said members were successfully managing their finances "despite operating in a challenging and uncertain environment".

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