13th May 1999
WE NEED TUITION FEE CONSISTENCY, SAYS V-C
Universities in England and Scotland must have a level playing field when it comes to the imposition of tuition fees for students.
That’s the view of Professor Roger King, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, who has spoken out over possible moves to scrap tuition fees for students in Scotland.
“Any asymmetry between English and Scottish universities would be seen as most unhelpful,” Professor King said today.
“We would expect all students within UK higher education to be treated in a similar way.”
Professor King’s comments come as a response to the new political landscape north of the border, where Labour and the Liberal Democrat MSPs in the new Scottish Parliament are seeking to form a coalition.
Tuition fees are being used as a bargaining tool by the Lib Dems, who have always pressed nationally for their abolition.
At present undergraduate students at UK universities are charged a means-tested fee of up to £1,000, which is due to rise in September to £1,025.
Many English universities are fearful that abolishing fees in Scotland will skew applications in favour of institutions north of the border.
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