UPDATE – 04/11/10
Raising fees at the University of Lincoln is “inevitable”, a spokesman for the university said in a statement.
The university issued a response the the coalition’s statement on higher education yesterday, November 3rd.
The coalition announced that universities will be able to charge up to £9k per year in fees, with certain rules for those charging the full amount. The current cap on fees is £3,290.
Government funding for arts and humanities subjects – which make up the bulk of the university’s courses – is being vastly scaled back. This funding gap will now have to be filled by an increase in tuition fees.
A statement from the university said: “In an ideal world, we would prefer not to increase graduate contributions. However, given the impact of the anticipated very significant cuts to the teaching grant, it is almost inevitable that the contribution which graduates make to the cost of their university education will have to be increased, if the quality of the Lincoln student experience is to be maintained.
“The university will need to consider its position once the details of the proposal are made public.”
Tuition fees will be capped at £9,000 a year, the government reveals.
A full government response to Lord Browne’s higher education funding review will be outlined this Wednesday, November 3rd.
The coalition has announed, though, that from 2012 universities will be able to charge £9,000 per year — but anything over £6,000 will have to be met with provisions for poorer students.
Michael Gove, schools secretary, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that he believes higher fees “won’t put off students”.
However, various groups involved in widening participation, like Aimhigher, that work in schools to “raise aspirations” of poorer children say that a big barrier to higher education is perception — poorer children think university is unaffordable.
A rise in fees will account for the scaling back of government funding for universities, particularly for arts and humanities subjects.
Aaron Porter, president of the National Union of Students, told the BBC he thinks it’s unfair to “remove almost all funding for teaching in universities, and force students to foot the bill”.
Professor Mary Stuart, vice-chancellor of the University of Lincoln, has said she opposes higher fees. However, if funding is scaled back, the university will have little choice but to raise fees — especially given its large number of arts and humanities courses.
Karl McCartney, Lincoln’s Tory MP, hinted last week that he supports higher fees.
Nearly 600 students and staff from the University of Lincoln have signed up to the NUS and University and College Union’s London demonstration against HE cuts and higher fees next Wednesday, November 10th.Tweet