Thousands of students are poised to protest about tuition fees today following Nick Clegg’s confirmation that Liberal Democrat ministers will vote in favour of the controversial plans.

Students are opposing proposals to almost triple university fees from 2012, from £3290 to £9000 per year.

“These proposals, if they go through, will change the entire landscape of education in this country and we must continue to oppose them,” said the University and College Union general secretary Sally Hunt.

“We need to expose the damage they will do to our universities, colleges and communities,” she added.

Last night, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the policy offers the “best and fairest possible way to ensure we have world-class universities for generations to come”.

Some backbenchers are expected to rebel against the plans and three Conservative MPs – David Davis, Philip Davies and Dr Julian Lewis – will also vote no.