Printer Friendly

Cable warns universities over pounds 9,000 tuition rates.

Business Secretary Vince Cable told a Birmingham conference that universities which charged the top pounds 9,000 tuition rate could have student places withdrawn.

The Cabinet Minister, speaking to higher education representatives at Aston University, hit out at universities in England planning to charge students the pounds 9,000 top rate. Mr Cable threatened to take places away from campuses which failed to fill places as a result of the higher fees.

Addressing vice-chancellors at a conference, he said: "Think carefully about what you believe students are prepared to pay for your services."

His warning comes as many universities have announced plans to charge the full tuition fees of pounds 9,000 from 2012.

The University of Central Lancashire - a former polytechnic - said it would charge pounds 9,000 a year.

On the same day, the University of Portsmouth and London South Bank University, both former polytechnics, announced they would charge pounds 8,500 and pounds 8,390 respectively.

All fees will have to be approved by the Office for Fair Access (Offa).

Speaking at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) conference in Birmingham, Mr Cable said many students had had intensive teaching in sixth-forms and would have high expectations of university teaching. "Students will search for value for money and compare the offers of different universities," he said.
COPYRIGHT 2011 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2011 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Apr 7, 2011
Words:221
Previous Article:Towers set to tumble in pounds 300m campus scheme.
Next Article:Hospital boss: Business can learn from public sector.
Topics:

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2020 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters