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    Brunel announced £9k last week.
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    (Original post by glf2110)
    Brunel announced £9k last week.
    Do you have a source for this? Thanks
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    (Original post by RK)
    Do you have a source for this? Thanks
    Yea, someone i know works there and was at the Vice chancellors address last week when he announced it. lol
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    (Original post by glf2110)
    Yea, someone i know works there and was at the Vice chancellors address last week when he announced it. lol
    Cool...well if we can find an online source for it we'll link to it from the map
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    (Original post by Aeschylus)
    Does anyone foresee disgruntled students taking universities to court saying for 9k a year some half-assed lectures and a seminar once a week isn't really cutting it for value for money?
    There's already considerable grumbling about the amount of facetime on our course - probably you're agreeing to it when you enrol which would stop any legal action from succeeding (but obviously I'm not a legal expert).

    My mystic meg prediction is that I think applicants will be asking more questions about the amount of facetime and other value for money aspects of the courses before deciding. Maybe the compilers of league tables will add a facetime column eventually.
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    Leeds Trinity University College announces £8000 tuition fees.

    Check out the new list of all announced fees we've added to the second post in this thread - it's a quick guide showing all the fee levels and sources.
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    Today is the deadline for all universities to publish their intentions for 2012
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    (Original post by ultimate mashup)
    Today is the deadline for all universities to publish there intentions for 2012
    Do they have to publish or just submit to OFFA?
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    (Original post by glf2110)
    Do they have to publish or just submit to OFFA?
    Technically they only have to report to the OFFA, however most universities so far have simultaniously made public statements about their intentions. I think in some cases it has been leaked to the press early. One example is Nottingham, the BBC knew about it 1 day before it was offically released.
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    (Original post by glf2110)
    Do they have to publish or just submit to OFFA?
    According to the guardian, the OFFA will publish a list of the universities wishing to charge over £6000 at midnight tonight. Then on the 11 July they will state whhich universities plans they have approved.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2...laces-miliband
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    This is the e-mail from Sheffield...

    Dear University of Sheffield student,

    Over recent weeks, a growing number of UK universities have announced proposed level of undergraduate tuition fees for UK and other EU students from 2012. Although the change in fees will not apply to you directly, I am well aware that it is a matter of very real concern to the student community. Many of you have wondered what fee level will be proposed here in Sheffield, particularly given the withdrawal of a significant proportion of public funding for undergraduate teaching.

    As I expressed in my recent email to students, the University has been considering these issues not only in relation to price, but also in the light of the student experience, our academic values and quality, and the impact of any decisions on the particular community of students who come to the University of Sheffield.

    Following a lengthy process of analysis and considerable debate, today the University of Sheffield Council has made the decision to propose a fee level which would be best able to replace reductions in government funding while ensuring we are able to deliver a consistently excellent education to students from all backgrounds. Specifically:

    Tuition fees for all full time UK/EU undergraduate students entering University of Sheffield courses in 2012 to be set at £9,000 except for non standard fees.
    Given the vital importance of widening participation, to seek approval from the Office for Fair Access for our Access Agreement in which we forecast to significantly expand our financial support, outreach and retention activities to £10 million in 2012. The proposed fee level is subject to approval by OFFA of this Access Agreement.

    The fees for international students are unaffected by this decision and are subject to the normal annual review.

    Support for broad access for students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds will be translated into a comprehensive package of financial support and outreach activities to help them benefit from study at the University of Sheffield, with ongoing monitoring to ensure that resources devoted to this are having the maximum impact. Specifically:

    More than one third of all our UK undergraduate students – over 6,000 each year – will be eligible for some form of financial support
    Bursaries will be available to all students with household income up to £42,000 and will be available as either cash or accommodation discount
    Spending on outreach and retention programmes will be doubled to £4 million each year
    Mature students from low income backgrounds will be further supported through fee reductions for our Foundation Programme in Combined Studies
    Students from low-participation backgrounds will receive more than £13,000 of aid from the University over the course of a three year degree
    Eligible students will also be able to experience University with a first year 100 per cent fee waiver
    In all £12 million will be spent on widening participation by 2015 (compared to £6.7 million per annum currently).

    This decision on fees was only agreed by Council following months of consideration and debate – and despite deep concerns which are hard to resolve. The voice of students has been well represented during the discussions and consultations that have taken place over the past few months. The Council, in making its decision, was mindful of students´ wishes to see the fee set at the lowest possible level, consistent with the maintenance and enhancement of the student educational and wider experience.

    Student Union Officers worked tirelessly to press home the vital importance of a high quality educational experience for students and to secure the highest possible contribution to our outreach and widening participation activities, so we can be sure that a University of Sheffield education continues to be available on the basis of talent rather than background and resources.

    While the transfer of costs for higher education from public funds to graduates is deeply regrettable to many of us, one thing is clear. We now face a real challenge not of our choosing, but one which we owe it to future students to accept. At a time when many sectors of society are feeling the impact of cuts and young people are increasingly concerned about employment and debt, the University must demonstrate the long term value of investing in the kind of education we offer here in Sheffield. In the face of real concerns for the future, we must effectively deliver and communicate the positive worth of the University.

    We will not do this by underestimating what this investment will mean to graduates, but rather by championing an education which is worthy of that investment. We will need to explain in simple terms what financial support is available to the many students who will be eligible for help. We will not turn away from our founding vision of a University of Sheffield `for the people´, but will hold a broad vision which will apply resources intelligently to nurture talent regardless of background.

    We will do this, not because we have been forced to do so, but because these are our values regardless of circumstances. They are true of a University which unites the highest academic quality and impact on the world around us with a community which is down-to-earth and inclusive – a vision which I trust will hold for future students, despite today´s difficult decisions.

    Professor Keith Burnett
    Vice-Chancellor
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    (Original post by RK)
    Thanks for sharing that. Does anyone else have emails from their universities about the fee increases they can share?
    From QMUL:

    *Queen Mary announces tuition fee and student support package
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    Queen Mary today (15 April 2011) announces its new fee level of £9,000
    for undergraduate entry from 2012, along with a substantial package of
    scholarships and bursaries which will benefit around 50 per cent of its
    undergraduate student body.

    The Principal, Professor Simon Gaskell, said: "We started with no
    preconceived notion of what our fees should be. The methodology we have
    used is based entirely on the cost of delivering research-informed
    undergraduate courses at Queen Mary, across each of our three faculties,
    including the costs of continuing to enhance the quality of our physical
    and IT infrastructure. Our calculations took full account of both the
    continuing funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England
    and the savings that we will be achieving through greater efficiency. We
    take great pride in the quality of the educational experience we provide
    to all our students, and we are confident that the package of fees and
    student support that we have developed will allow us to maintain that
    quality."

    A generous package of financial aid will ensure that students from less
    well off backgrounds should not be discouraged from applying to Queen Mary.

    Professor Gaskell said: "At Queen Mary, we are determined to continue
    our strong tradition of widening access to university. No fees need be
    paid up front, of course, but we are keen to reduce the burden of
    overall debt for graduates by providing as comprehensive and extensive a
    level of support as possible. Thirty per cent of the income derived from
    fees above £6,000 will be spent on attracting and supporting students
    from disadvantaged backgrounds. We also want to support students from
    middle income backgrounds, hence the introduction of a three-year
    bursary for those from families with an income up to £42,600."

    Highlights of the 2012-13 scholarships and bursaries package include:

    *· *QMUL bursaries of £1,500 each year for students whose household
    income is less than £25,000 (and are in receipt of a full or partial
    higher education maintenance grant)

    *· *QMUL bursaries of £1,200 each year for students with household
    income between £25,001 and £42,600 (and are in receipt of a full or
    partial higher education maintenance grant)

    *· *As part of the National Scholarship Programme over 250 students from
    low income backgrounds will receive a £3,000 benefit in their first
    year, with £1,500 given as a fee waiver and £1,500 as a cash bursary and
    other support. In their second and third years they will receive the
    QMUL bursary

    *· *Around 50% of undergraduates in total will receive a Queen Mary bursary.

    The proposed new fee level was agreed by the Queen Mary Senior Executive
    (QMSE), and College Council has expressed its full support for the
    proposal. This will now be submitted to the Office for Fair Access
    (OFFA) for approval.

    Queen Mary is seen as one of the rising stars in UK higher education,
    ranked 11th nationally in the last Research Assessment Exercise, and has
    introduced significant increases in A Level entry grades in recent
    years. A key element of the undergraduate curriculum is that the latest
    developments in our research underpin teaching provision. For example,
    science undergraduates gain hands-on research laboratory experience in
    their final year, and students in the arts and humanities engage with a
    wide variety of research projects which enhance their programmes.

    Queen Mary has invested more than £250m in new buildings and facilities
    in the past decade, including a £20m Arts building opening this month.
    The university has a popular 2,000-bed Student Village at the heart of
    its Mile End location, and it is the only central London institution of
    higher education with a fully integrated campus.

    Professor Gaskell said: "As we move into a new funding regime, we at
    Queen Mary remain committed to offering the highest quality educational
    experience to the most able students, regardless of their economic or
    social background. We will continue to improve the quality of our
    teaching programmes in close consultation with our students."
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    Salford have announced fees from £8000-£9000, they say average will be about £8400:

    http://www.salford.ac.uk/news/details/1352
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    (Original post by llamatastic)
    Salford have announced fees from £8000-£9000, they say average will be about £8400:

    http://www.salford.ac.uk/news/details/1352
    Thanks, added to the map
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    What happens if OFFA rejects these proposals?
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    East Anglia University (UEA) to charge maximum £9000 fee!

    http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/..._fees_1_870353
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    (Original post by Aeschylus)
    What happens if OFFA rejects these proposals?
    There is an appeal process and possibly judicial review.

    The impression from the OFFA website Q & As is that there is a process of "clarification and negotiation". In other words OFFA will tell universities where to change their proposals. There should only be an outright rejection if a university digs its toes in and refuses to accept the changes requested by OFFA.

    What we don't know, and what the universities don't know is whether OFFA will tell universities to do the unachievable in order to make them choose to reduce their headline fees. If it does, that is where any battles may take place.
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    Thanks, added to the map.
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    Just added King's College London to the map with £9000 fees.

    Reports are out that the University of Bolton will charge either £6300, £7200 or £8400 with 70% being charged at the lower levels. Awaiting a formal source form the university - let me know if find one
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    More fees announced:

    University of Worcester: up to £8100
    University of Chichester: £8500
    University of Bolton: up to £8400
    University of Winchester: £8500
 
 
 
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