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Liverpool: Universities to charge maximum £9,000 tuition fees next year amid shortage of brighter students

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool Hope University

By Ben Turner

ALL three of Liverpool’s universities are to charge students the maximum tuition fees from next year, The Post can reveal.

Amid swingeing budget cuts Liverpool Hope University said it had no option to join Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool and charge £9,000 a year in fees from next September – a hike of £750.

The rise comes despite official figures showing all three of the city’s universities have been hit with an annual drop in applications – blamed on everything from a rush to beat the 2012 fee rises last year to tougher entry standards in several subject areas.

This week, Sir Howard Newby, vice chancellor of the University of Liverpool – where admissions are down 9% on forecasts – took the decision to write and reassure all staff that it is still in “a robust financial position”.

As a member of the elite Russell Group of universities he said Liverpool University “is well positioned to deal with the challenges that lie ahead”.
But Sir Howard also revealed that the red brick institution will undertake a review of future operations and recruitment.

He revealed it had not been able to take full advantage of rule changes which now allow universities to take in an unlimited number of students getting AAB or above (known as AAB+) at A-level.

He told staff: “Whilst we anticipated and budgeted for a reduction in overall numbers, the reduction in AAB+ candidates could not have been predicted and has caused issues across the higher education sector, including other members of the Russell Group.

“There are simply not enough of these students in the market.”

This mirrors the national picture with data showing that 79,200 students achieved AAB grades or higher in A-level and equivalent qualifications – the predicted total was 85,000.

Sir Howard also revealed that like others in the sector post graduate intake amongst UK and EU students is down “as students find it increasingly difficult to fund their studies” but adds “our overseas recruitment remains buoyant”. (The Liverpool Post)

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