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20 April 2011, 13:30
The University of Winchester has announced its proposal to set a tuition fee of £8,500 per year for UK and EU full-time undergraduate students starting their degrees in 2012/13.
The fees of all universities are subject to the approval of its Access Agreement by the Office for Fair Access.
The decision was taken by the University’s Board of Governors following a consultation. The University say its Access Agreement includes plans for major new investment for widening access to higher education, student financial support, retention and employability.
Professor Joy Carter, Vice Chancellor of the University of Winchester, said:
“The University of Winchester is a values-driven institution focused on providing its students with high quality teaching underpinned by academic research, excellent learning and personal development opportunities and leading student satisfaction.
“Widening access to higher education has always been a key priority of the University and the University attracts high numbers of students from under-represented backgrounds. The planned expansion of our support packages and activities for widening access will help ensure that students are not deterred from entering into higher education.
“The University has set its fees at a level that recognises the significant cuts in government funding and protects the quality of our teaching and the overall student experience. There will be greater emphasis on employability and study skills at the University and opportunities for students to gain valuable skills and experience which will further enhance their success in higher education and their position in the graduate job market.”
Southampton University and Bournemouth University have both announced plans to charge the maximum £9,000 a year for some of their courses, while Portsmouth has set their fees at £8,500. Students at Southampton Solent will have to pay £7,800 from 2012.