University of Kent to charge £9k top rate
by Jenni Horn
Students will have to pay the top rate - £9,000 a year - to
attend the University of Kent from 2012.
The university announced the rise in tuition fees for UK and EU
A spokesman for the institution said this level of fee will
allow it to honour its commitment to deliver high quality teaching
into the future and to continue to provide first-rate facilities on
all its campuses.
He added: "Students at Kent are taught by world-class academics
and the fee level will allow for continued investment in
high-quality staff, essential to the provision of an excellent
"Furthermore, the £9k fee will enable the University to run
sustainably through the period of transition from April 2011, when
the cuts in both revenue and capital budget start to take effect,
until 2014 when it will see most of its undergraduates coming under
the new system."
Ed Atkins, 20, a third year history student at UKC from
Tunbridge Wells, said: "I know a lot of people will say why should
current students care as we don't have to pay the increased
"But my little brother is 16, will be looking to go to
university in two years. Why should he pay three times the amount
that I do?
"A lot of other students have younger siblings as well, so it
does become slightly personal. But at its core its just not
He said the move would be seen as a mistake: limiting the type
of student the university attracts.
Ed added: "It's virtually ruling out University as an option for
a huge amount of people.
"Obviously they have had their budget slashed by 80 per cent,
but I think this is also an attempt to put themselves up there with
the Oxbridges of the world.
"By charging the full amount, they are attempting to put
themselves in a prestige bracket, even if every other university
The university is planning to set up a package of fee waivers,
bursaries and scholarships to help students from a range of
backgrounds complete their degrees.
It will also be enhancing its support for schools and colleges
in the region.
The fee level is subject to the approval of the University's
proposed access and widening participation arrangements by the
Office for Fair Access (OFFA).
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