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University Court to meet to debate tuition fees

The level of tuition fee which the University of St Andrews proposes to charge new entrant students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland (RUK) from academic year 2012/2013 will be decided by a meeting of the University Court on Friday 9 September 2011.

In December 2010, the Westminster Government moved to lift the cap on tuition fees chargeable by English higher education institutions, up to a maximum of £9,000 per year.

In response, and to manage the prospect of large numbers of RUK domiciled students seeking to take advantage of significantly lower fees in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced that it intends to change the system of HEI funding north of border. It has charged Scottish universities to set and collect their own tuition fees for this cohort of students admitted from 2012/2013.

From that date, the Scottish Government will cease to provide funding for RUK students educated in Scotland. These measures are subject to the final approval of the Scottish Parliament.

As a consequence of these decisions, and like all Scottish HEIs, the University of St Andrews is now required to determine and publish the level of annual tuition fee it proposes to charge its RUK students from the start of academic year 2012/2013.

The matter will be discussed and debated by a meeting of the University Court this Friday 9 September 2011 at which Court will make a decision on the fee levels the University will be required to publish as a result of these externally enforced changes in HEI funding.

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Note to Editors

The University Court is the supreme governing body of the University of St Andrews and has responsibilities for strategy, finance, estates, health and safety and general management.

Its 21 members are drawn from staff, St Andrews students, the local community, alumni, senior managers and the local authority in Fife. Court is chaired by The Rector who is elected by the students and normally serves a three year term.


Issued by the Press Office

Contact Niall Scott on 01334 462244, email ns30@st-andrews.ac.uk

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