Students beginning undergraduate degrees at The University of Nottingham this September - and those continuing with their studies - will not pay inflation rates on tuition fees in 2017.
While other institutions nationally have not confirmed their plans, following a Government announcement to allow undergraduate fees to rise in line with inflation, the University is thought to be one of the first to state this will not apply to returning students.
For new students joining the University for the 2017/18 academic year an inflationary increase will apply. This will see fees rise from £9,000 to £9,250. This is subject to new regulations expected to be passed in Autumn 2016.
Vice-Chancellor for the University, Professor Sir David Greenaway said: “Since the £9,000 fee level was introduced in 2012 it has not been subject to inflation and has not reflected the rising costs we face in providing high quality education.
“While we believe this rise offers excellent value for money, and reflects our world-class teaching and learning environment, we want to ensure students have as much information in advance about tuition fees to help with their decision-making.
“We have also made a decision that returning students in 2017, which includes those joining us in September 2016 and no doubt anxiously awaiting A-level results, will be charged the uninflated £9,000 fee throughout the course of their degrees.”
Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson announced that universities meeting the expectations of the first year of the new Teaching Excellence Framework would be able to raise fees from September 2017.
The University of Nottingham is one of a number of institutions on a provisional list eligible to apply the increase to maintain the fee level in line with inflation from 2017.
This decision is based on the strength of our recent Higher Education Review by the Quality Assurance Agency.
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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK for research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for four years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.
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