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17 March 2005 PR 05/23

Loughborough University announces tuition fee levels and bursary scheme

Following approval of its Access Agreement by the Office of Fair Access (OFFA), Loughborough University has revealed that its tuition fees will be £3,000 a year for UK/EU students, for all of its full-time undergraduate degree courses for 2006-07.

It has also announced an extensive bursary scheme for full-time UK undergraduates beginning their studies in October 2006, which will help to encourage those from lower income backgrounds into higher education.

It is estimated that around 3,500 students will benefit from the bursaries each year when the scheme is fully rolled out, representing an investment of around £3.25 million a year by the University. The one hundred per cent cash bursaries are intended to help with students’ living expenses.

“The University has developed a bursary scheme that ensures as many students as possible get access to financial assistance. We also want the scheme to be clear and straightforward so that students can readily understand what they are entitled to. In effect it’s fair, simple and clear,” explains Professor Sir David Wallace, Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University.

He adds: “We believe that this will be an attractive package for students, particularly when allied with our teaching quality and graduate recruitment record, and with opportunities for additional income in sponsored programmes and placements in business and industry.”

Jason Scott, President of Loughborough Students’ Union, comments: “The Students’ Union applauds the University’s efforts in making sure the income from fees works for each and every student, allowing them to get the best value for money and further enhancing their university experience.”

As part of Loughborough’s Access Agreement a range of means-tested maintenance bursaries, of up to £1,300 a year, will be available to those from lower income backgrounds. When coupled with the Government grant, of up to £2,700 a year, this will provide a maintenance package of up to £4,000 per annum, which students will not have to repay.

Hardship among mature students is a particular issue and the University has responded with enhanced bursaries. Mature students from lower income backgrounds will be entitled to bursaries of up to £2,600 per year.

An additional source of financial support for full-time UK students will be provided by non means-tested, merit-based scholarships. These will be offered for specific degree programmes by some departments in the Faculties of Science and Engineering and will be payable for one year only on entry to the University. The value of the scholarship is likely to be up to £1,000.

The University currently has a range of sources of financial support available to its full-time undergraduate students and will continue to provide these. The additional bursaries and scholarships being offered from 2006 onwards will help the University to increase its proportion of students from under-represented groups.

Loughborough already has a good record for recruiting students from under-represented groups. It meets the benchmarks set by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) for recruiting students from low participation neighbourhoods, mature students and those in receipt of Disability Allowance, and 30% of the University’s students are from less affluent backgrounds.

Under the new scheme tuition fees do not have to be paid in advance. Repayments will be made from the April following graduation, over a period of up to 25 years.

Loughborough is ranked in national league tables as one of the UK’s top ten universities, and is rated in the top five for teaching quality. It is also the country’s leading university for sport.

Many of the University’s undergraduate degree courses have been developed in partnership with employers and are characterised by their vocational relevance. Most offer a sandwich year placement, enabling students to earn a salary while they learn and helping them to boost their employment earning potential. Loughborough is one of the top ten universities targeted by leading recruiters and its graduates have an outstanding record of employability.

Loughborough is a diverse and vibrant student community unified by the Loughborough Student Experience – strong educational provision is backed by first-class facilities, extensive and highly experienced student support and welfare systems, and a wealth of extra-curricula opportunities and chances to get involved. The University offers a relaxed and professional environment where achievement and personal growth are paramount.

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Notes to editors

1. Means-tested maintenance bursaries

Residual family income Aged under 21 on entry Aged over 21 on entry
Up to £15,200 £1,300 £2,600
£15,201 to £19,000 £1,100 £2,200
£19,001 to £22,500 £800 £1,600
£22,501 to £26,000 £600 £1,200
£26,001 to £29,500 £400 £800
£29,501 to £33,000 £200 £400

(* These figures are indicative and may be subject to minor changes)
The entire bursary will be a cash payment – there is no ‘in-kind’ element

2. Merit-based scholarships

The merit-based scholarships will be offered to students who achieve a minimum of 320 or 340 tariff points from three A levels or equivalent qualification depending upon their chosen degree course and who make Loughborough University their first choice when replying to their offers through UCAS.

3. The University has agreed that the fee for students on a sandwich placement will be substantially lower, at 50% of the standard Department for Education and Skills fee – the full value of this currently stands at £560 per year. Bursaries will not be payable during the sandwich year.

The University has not yet taken a decision on the tuition fee level for its PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) programmes.

4. Loughborough has an established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry, and unrivalled sporting achievement. Assessments of teaching quality by the Quality Assurance Agency place Loughborough in the top flight of UK universities, and industry highlights Loughborough in its top five for graduate recruitment. Around 45% of the University’s income is for research. The University has been awarded four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes: for its collaboration with aerospace and automotive companies such as BAE Systems, Ford and Rolls Royce; for its work in developing countries; for pioneering research in optical engineering; and for its world-leading role in sports research, education and development.

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