to implement across-the-board undergraduate
fees of £3,000 from 2006/7 – should
Parliament approve the Higher Education Bill
– are going through the committee process.
The House of Commons is due to vote on the
Bill tomorrow (January 27).
A working group chaired by learning and teaching
Pro-Vice-Chancellor Alan Pearman has been
considering the implementation of a new fees
and bursaries system.
Pearman said, “We have carried out a
great deal of preparatory work to understand
the implications of the various options being
considered by Parliament, so we are prepared
for its decision.”
group is giving further consideration to special
cases, including students studying part time
The Higher Education Bill proposes universities
set their own fees up to a level of £3,000
a year, with graduates making repayments once
their salary reaches £15,000.
Students from the poorest homes will receive
up to £3,000 support a year, made up
of a ‘fees remission’ grant of
£1,200, a £1,500 support grant
and a £300 university bursary, although
there are proposals to combine the two grants
before adding the bursary.
the grants are combined or separate will be
decided if the Bill successfully passes through
Parliament. The proposals will be discussed
by Senate on February 4 and Council on February