Glasgow University to raise tuition fees

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Rhys Harper
News Editor

Tuition fees at the University of Glasgow for English, Welsh and Northern Irish students are set to rise from £9,000 per annum to £9,250 per annum beginning in 2017. This change is in line with the rise announced last week by the University of Edinburgh and will not affect students currently enrolled.

The University say they will cap these fees at £9,250 per annum for three years with no charge for the fourth year. In the case of five-year medical, dental and veterinary degrees, the charge will be £9,250 each year for the full five years.

SRC president Ameer Ibrahim criticised the tuition fee rise, telling The Glasgow Guardian: “It’s something we’re very much against. We’re aware that across the sector, changes are being made and it’s not a positive forecast for the future. But certainly from my perspective it’s something that we will not support and effectively stand against.

“From an ethical perspective, we do not support the rise. As far as I’m concerned it would create a tier and it puts a number of prospective students at a disadvantage. To some extent it disadvantages those who may not be able to afford the rise in fees. A number of prospective students will be put off coming to the University and I don’t think that reflects the values of an institution which should be about inclusivity and widening participation.”

A spokesperson for the University said:  “The decision to set tuition fees for rUK students at £9,250 from 2017 is in line with many of our peer universities across the UK. We have agreed that the level of fees charged will not be increased retrospectively – in other words, it will not be amended or increased during the course of a student’s programme.”