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Too early to decide on tuition fee rise, says University of York Registrar

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It has recently been widely reported in the national media that tuition fees are set to rise from the 2017 academic year, however it is still unclear if and how this will affect students at the University of York.

On the 21st July 2016, Sean Coughlan, the Education correspondent for BBC News, wrote that: “University tuition fees in England will rise to £9,250 per year from 2017 and the increase could apply to students who have already started courses”. This information was based on a statement from the Universities Minister, Jo Johnson MP, “setting out plans to link higher fees to better teaching”. Moreover, Coughlan asserted that, “The fees will increase by inflation in subsequent years”.

However, Dr David Duncan, the University of York’s Registrar and Secretary, attempted to calm fears. “The University of York has not made any decision about Home/EU tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 and beyond,” he stressed. He told The Yorker that he believed such a decision would be premature since “these matters are still being debated in parliament and government rules regarding fees remain unclear”.

Dr Duncan referred concerned students to the University’s website, which states that:

“York’s tuition fee for 2016 entry is £9,000 per year for UK/EU students and Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man residents. Please note that fees may be subject to increase in future years”.

The University is, nonetheless, following a separate announcement by Jo Johnson MP, able to confirm that EU students beginning their courses in 2016 will be charged the same fees as UK students for the duration of their studies, whatever their length. Furthermore, these students will also enjoy the same access to financial help from the Student Loans Company as their UK counterparts.

“We will make any further announcements about fees as and when appropriate,” added Dr Duncan. The incoming president of the National Union of Students, Malia Bouattia, on the other hand, did not think it was too early to begin protesting against the prospect of another rise in tuition fees, as is reported in http://www.unipaper.co.uk.

“The government is running at pace with a deeply risky ideologically-led market experiment in further and higher education, and students and lecturers, who will suffer most as a result, are clear that this can’t be allowed to happen”.

The Yorker has also contacted the University of York’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts, and the Student Union President, Millie Beach, for comment about how this potential increase in fees may affect prospective and current students.