University of Worcester Announces Proposed Fee Level for 2012

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Britain's fastest growing university has announced its top fee in 2012 will be £8,100.

Britain’s fastest growing university has announced its top fee in 2012 will be £8,100.

Applications to the University of Worcester have more than tripled in the last seven years, seven times faster than the national average increase over the same period.

The University currently tops the West Midlands’ universities league table for graduate employment and is sixth nationally.

The decision to increase fees comes as a result of significant cuts in university funding from the government, which the University of Worcester campaigned vigorously against.

Vice Chancellor, Professor David Green, said: “The University has chosen to charge the lowest possible fee in the new situation where government support for university teaching has been almost entirely withdrawn. There has been much consultation to ensure that we are as fair as we can be to students, while enabling the University to balance the books and continue its carefully managed programme of improvement to educational facilities for students.”

Fees for most foundation degrees, run in partnership with further education colleges, will be set at £6,000. This will take the average fee at the University to £7,643.

The University of Worcester has a first class record of inclusion and widening participation and has pledged to continue this. The University will also continue to develop its unique earn as you learn scheme giving students the chance to gain vital work experience relevant to their studies.

Students starting at the University of Worcester in 2012 will be the only students in the Country to benefit from Britain’s first public and university library, which is currently under construction. This £60m development is situated adjacent to the University’s new City Campus, which houses business and computing, in the buildings of the historic former Worcester Royal Infirmary, where the British Medical Association was founded in 1832.

Students also have access to outstanding new fine art and digital media facilities, new science laboratories and from September 2011 new sports and performance facilities. The University is also campaigning to create a new sports arena for the City, with special focus on disability sport, for which the University excels.

Professor Green said: “The University of Worcester has an excellent reputation for high quality education overall. Our teaching, nursing and midwifery are among the best in Britain with outstanding reports from Ofsted and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

“Our staff are high achieving and focussed on providing excellent education. We were one of only three universities to make it into the Sunday Times’ 75 Best Places to Work in the Public Sector.”

Professor Green added: “Higher education remains one of the best investments that can be made. On average graduates earn more, and live longer and healthier lives. The new scheme ensures that repayments will be affordable. Payments only begin after completion of the course and when earnings exceed £21,000 a year. For example, a graduate earning £25,000 a year will repay approximately £30 a month.”

The University’s fees level is subject to the approval of an access agreement by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).