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Another uni to charge pounds 9,000.

CARDIFF University has become the second in Wales to set a maximum tuition fee of pounds 9,000 per year for students from the rest of the UK.

It follows a similar decision by Aberystwyth University and will apply to new students starting in autumn 2012.

Students from Wales will continue to pay pounds 3,375 a year with the Welsh Government paying the balance.

Cardiff University vice-chancellor Dr David Grant said the decision was not an easy one to make.

He said: "With rapidly-reducing levels of government support, we have to ensure our future fee level is sufficient to maintain and develop provision."

Dr Grant said these included the large number of high-cost programmes the university delivered in science, engineering and professional disciplines.

He added the university would also increase its support for students - including an expansion of its bursary programme for applicants from low-income families.

"We are committed to maintaining access to our courses for all who have the potential to succeed," he said.

Cardiff Students' Union said the university had consulted it.

Union president Olly Birrell said: "While we are disappointed the university has had to make the decision, we welcome the commitment Cardiff is making to further developing the student experience and to providing financial and skills support for students from non-traditional backgrounds."

National Union of Students Wales president Katie Dalton said: "In terms of the Welsh higher education sector, Cardiff University has some of the lowest proportions of students from low-affluence backgrounds, state schools and community first areas."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:May 25, 2011
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