Student union head deems tuition fees hike outrageous

SUFFOLK: The decision to triple tuition fees has today been branded as “outrageous” by union leaders representing students at the county’s only university.

Education chiefs have announced that students across the country could pay up to �9,000 a year in tuition fees from 2012, propelling the future of university education into debate.

Under the new plans, set to come into force in two years time, bosses at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) are likely to increase their tuition fees from �3,290 to somewhere in the region of �6,000.

Today, Andy Speed, president of UCS Unions, blasted the decision, claiming that it would leave smaller institutions “squeezed” while larger, more prestigious universities capable of attracting students from wealthy backgrounds would be able to charge the maximum �9,000 and bolster their coffers.

“I think the raise in fees is outrageous,” he said. “Its shocking, it will be the poorer students that are most affected by this, and it seems that these poorer students are likely to be used as currency to many of the bigger institutions.

“Poorer students will be made to feel as it they are lucky to be at an institution, while many of the less established universities will be squeezed harder.”

Mike Saks, provost for UCS, said that they would be “pitching tuition fees around the �6,000 mark” in attempts to “leave the doors open to all students”.

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He later added: “We are going to be doing a lot of analysing as a result of the announcement over tuition fees.

“We will be pitching tuition fees at around the �6,000 mark because we want to ensure that students from all backgrounds can benefit from the facilities UCS offers.

“We want to give all students an opportunity to study at UCS and we want to remain high quality.

“It is important for us to leave the doors open to all students.”

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