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Rector Endorses Tuition Fee Rise

Mar 12 2009 17:56
Kirsty Patterson and Kadhim Shubber
Imperial's Rector wants to see the gap between Home and Overseas Tuiton Fees closed, by raising the Home Fee to between £6,000 and £9,000.
Sir Roy Anderson supports a rise in Home Tuition Fees.

In a Question and Answer Session with Imperial?s Rector, Sir Roy Anderson, staff were told to expect to see an increase of tuition fees of double or triple the current rate. In answer to a question from the floor the Rector described the future of tution fees as being in the region of £6,000-£9,000 with Universities taking advantage of the true market, charging different amounts for different courses. He said home and EU students were a financial burden on universities saying ?We lose money on these [home and EU students] and the comparison between the overseas fee and the home fee is far too wide?.

Overseas students currently pay £15,500 while home students pay £3,225. The Rector defended the increase saying that they would have to be accompanied by an increase in the number of scholarships given to ?students who come from less wealthy backgrounds?. He said that Imperial would have to ?find ways of supporting? less well off students by generating a ?significant body of fellowships and scholarships? like American universities.

The Rector had previously told felix that he expected Tuition Fees to rise but did not want to see them in excess of £10,000. Today?s announcement remains in line with these figues but could see them at the top end of the £10,000 mark.

A University & Colleges Union (UCU) poll in 2008 showed that 55% of British adults wanted a university system that was completely free but the Rectors comments come at a time of financial uncertainty for Imperial as it has just lost out on £15m of state research.

Imperial?s previous Rector, Sir Richard Sykes, was one of the biggest advocates of £15,000 tuition fees at their conception, but backed down on the issue in 2006 telling Students attending an event in the Union Dining Hall in Beit Quad that he would not want to see tuition fees in excess of £5,000. In the absence of any other Sabbatical Officers, DPFS Christian Carter, commented "I agree with this decision whole-heartedly".

Yesterday's Question and Answer session took place in the Great Hall with overflow space in the Pippard Lecture Theatre. The event was streamed live online by College Comunications. A video of the event can be found on the Rector's Home Page. Live! agrees that the difference between Home and Overseas student fees is excessive but wonders why the gap must be closed by increasing one rather than decreasing the other.

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Discussion about “Rector Endorses Tuition Fee Rise”

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Mar 12 2009 18:07

Well. I tell you where i reckon the rector should stick his fees.

Mar 12 2009 21:04

Actually, only the cheapest course, mathematics, costs ?15,500. Other courses, because of the cost of labs, have much, much higher tuition fees, ranging from ?18,200 for physics, up to ?35,500 for 4th, 5th, and 6th year medics. See here for full details:

Furthermore, Imperial charges some of the highest overseas fees in the country. Maths costs ?11,810 at UCL, ?13,900 at Bristol, and ?9,747 at Cambridge.

Mar 13 2009 01:02

Forbes listed Imperial College as one of the most expensive Universities in the world. Definitely the most expensive in the UK...

Mar 13 2009 01:21

Our teaching grant went up with the latest funding settlement...

Mar 13 2009 12:22

I agree with higher fees. Imperial is gearing itself for a future along side the large Ivy league universities in the US. I think 3000 GBP is far too low a fee for university. A student is likely to drink a large part of that value away in a single year at university, perhaps this will improve their appreciation of such an education.

Foreign students pay much higher fees - supposedly because they do not pay tax in the EU. Imperial is unlikely to grow in its size or student capacity. I agree making fees higher will improve the university as a whole. Supply and demand in action.

You just need to look at and compare the motivation of people to get into the Ivy league universities compared to the state universities in the US. How many people want to study at the private universities in contrast to the state ones.

Mar 13 2009 12:27

Thanks for mentioning the teaching grant. The Rectors comments in the article imply a deficit between overseas and home students of ?12k. The difference 'should' be made up by the teaching grant.

The fact that the grant is insufficient is down to the government spreading he funds to thinly (in my opinion). Resulting in high achieving home students being penalised financially, whether that be through the debt they end up with, the costs their parents have to pay or simply by having to choose a cheaper university.

Mar 13 2009 12:52

The grant only needs to make up the difference between the home fees and the full economic cost of the course (I don't know what level that is currently - Jenny or Hannah might know...)

International students pay more than the FEC and in effect subsidise the home students (international education is a proper market). This is why people are so worried about the 'credit crunch' reducing the number of international students coming to British universities - the government doesn't cover the full cost of teaching home students on our expensive science-based degrees, yet international students may disappear.

Mar 13 2009 15:53

Another problem with Full Economic Cost is that a practical degree like Medicine, Geology, Civil or to some extent other engineering courses is much more expensive to teach than maths!

Should student's pay different amounts for each course?

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