University of the West of Scotland sets its RUK fees

UWS University of the West of Scotland have announced fees up to £29,000

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The University of the West of Scotland has announced fees up to £29,000 for students from the rest of the UK (RUK).

Students will pay an annual fee of £7,250 throughout three and four-year degree courses.

The UWS said there was no cap on the fee level as it anticipated the majority of students would be able to achieve a degree within three years.

Student leaders said the fees for students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales were "truly astounding".

They expressed surprise that fees had not been capped at below £27,000, the maximum possible in England where degrees are taken over three years.

Students who are resident in Scotland do not pay tuition fees at Scottish universities.

Currently RUK students in Scotland pay about £1,800 in tuition fees.

The increase in tuition fees for non-Scots came after the UK government raised the cap for universities in England to £9,000 a year.

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A spokesperson for University of the West of Scotland said: ''In setting its RUK fees the university has aimed for equity.

''The RUK fee level is restricted to the amount of tuition income UWS would receive for Scottish students studying on the same programmes.

"UWS will continue to help all students to restrict their study costs by reducing the length of time it takes for them to achieve a degree."

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It's clear that UWS has entirely failed to show any restraint in setting its fee levels”

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Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, said: "Only Edinburgh and St Andrews have set more expensive fees, making UWS among the top three most expensive institutions in the whole of the UK.

"This is a huge mistake which could tarnish the reputation not just of UWS but also of Scotland as a whole."

He added: "Given this comes on the day that Glasgow announced that a typical degree would cost no more than £26,000, if UWS is to have any credibility in the future, it must urgently rethink this.

"It's clear that UWS has entirely failed to show any restraint in setting its fee levels for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, instead it's chosen to cash in.

Garry Quigley, president of the Students' Association of the UWS, said: "Not only are we disappointed that the university has introduced a ridiculous fee-level, a higher fee than most other Scottish universities, but we are also concerned that the university are not planning to cap fees below £27,000, the maximum possible in England."

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