Durham Declares as University Fees Market Takes Shape
(16 March 2011)
England's third oldest university, renowned for the quality and employability of its graduates, has announced plans to charge a headline fee of £9,000 per year to undergraduates from 2012.
Durham University, which has some of the highest academic entry standards in the country, revealed its pricing plan following a meeting of its University Council. The decision was reached following detailed evaluation of both the costs and the value of a Durham education which offers both research-led education, and personal and social development through a close-knit community of departments and colleges.
With students from over 130 countries and world-leading expertise across traditional disciplines from humanities to science, Durham is committed to further enriching the diversity of its undergraduate community through a programme of scholarships and bursaries to be announced in the Spring. This programme will ensure that Durham continues to recruit the students with the greatest merit and potential, regardless of background, to benefit from Durham's distinctive degrees.
Professor Chris Higgins, Durham Vice-Chancellor said: "The QS World University league tables rank Durham in the world's top 25 universities for the quality of, and demand for, our graduates from the world's top 5,000 blue chip employers, so the value of a Durham degree, enhanced with the opportunities we provide for participation, pastoral support, leadership and personal development in our community, is clear. We are passionate not just about excellence - but excellence with a smile.
"We offer a distinctive and transformative student experience which is reflected in the affinity our students retain for the University, and their college, long after graduation, so an investment in study at Durham has life-long rewards. With our plans for a generous and flexible programme of financial support, we aim to ensure that affordability will not be a barrier to Durham attracting the best and brightest students."
Durham Students' Union president Sam Roseveare welcomed the announcement and the plan to develop a programme of student support: "Competition for places at Durham in several subjects is the highest in the UK and a Durham degree is worth the investment.
"We will now be looking to the University to fulfil its commitment to providing the further enhancements to student services and facilities that will now be possible."