Five Welsh universities to reduce fees next year

Half of Wales’s 10 campus-based universities will reduce their tuition fees to £7,500 (US$11,800) next year, writes Gareth Evans for WalesOnline. Glamorgan, Trinity Saint David, Swansea Metropolitan, Newport and Cardiff Metropolitan universities have all chosen to lower the cost of their courses.

It follows a decision by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales to change the way in which full-time student places are allocated to the nation’s institutions from September 2013. The system will see around 12,600 ‘non-priority’ places – 52% of the annual intake – top-sliced and reallocated to universities in a two-part process.

The first gives institutions a chance to increase their intake by meeting Welsh government priorities on turnover, spinout companies, overseas recruitment and research income. The second ‘rewards’ vice-chancellors who are willing to drop their fee levels to £7,500 – from an average of £8,800 – next year.
Full report on the WalesOnline site