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1 April 2011 | PR 11/38

Loughborough University announces proposed fee of £9,000 for 2012-13

Loughborough University is proposing to set a tuition fee of £9,000 a year for full-time Home and EU undergraduate students starting their degree programmes in 2012.

The University has also indicated its commitment to providing a range of financial support for students, which will total almost £2million in 2012-13, rising to over £7million a year by 2015-16.

For students from less well-off backgrounds, £3,000 of financial help will be available for each year of study. This includes an accommodation discount of £1,000 a year to help them take full advantage of the on-campus accommodation – a crucial element in the University’s unrivalled student experience.

The Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University, Professor Shirley Pearce, said the proposed fee level reflects this all-round experience and the high quality of education the University offers its students.

“The Loughborough Student Experience, which has topped the national league table every year since the poll began, equips our students and graduates for every aspect of their life and career,” she said. “We integrate research and teaching at every opportunity to provide the very best learning environment, and the work experience placements enjoyed by a high proportion of our students help to ensure that Loughborough graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.”

Professor Pearce also added that the income resulting from fees must be considered against the background of significant cuts to higher education funding.

“This will not be ‘additional’ income,” she said. “We do believe, however, that a fee of £9,000 will help us to enhance still further the high quality of education and experience we offer Loughborough students. The support package we have outlined will also ensure that qualified students have the opportunity to study at Loughborough, irrespective of their background or their ability to pay.”

Lucy Hopkins, President of Loughborough Students’ Union, believes the University’s offer will help Loughborough to retain its position as one of the country’s leading higher education institutions.

“The Loughborough Student Experience is the best in the country and the University is committed to improving it still further for future students. It will also continue to enhance the quality of its teaching to ensure that students right across the University benefit from the very best learning experience.

“The University’s plans will make sure that this fantastic experience is available to students, based solely on their academic capability and not their ability to pay. This sentiment has always been very much at the centre of our partnership,” she said.

The proposals for 2012-13, which were agreed by the University’s Council on 1 April, are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA).

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Loughborough University
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Notes for editors:

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2010 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the UK’s Best Student Experience every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 19 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

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