Up to £15m in fees 'lost' to English universities

Data compiled by leader of the Welsh opposition Andrew RT Davies show that based on the potential tuition fee subsidy of £5,500, as much as £15.3 million (US$23 million) could be lost to the top five most popular universities alone, writes Gareth Evans for Wales Online.

A Freedom of Information request found that Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Liverpool and Chester take the most Welsh-domiciled students and the universities currently have 2,778 undergraduates enrolled. A decision to subsidise Welsh students wherever in the UK they choose to study currently costs the Welsh government up to £5,500 per student, who continue to pay in the region of £3,500.

University teaching grants have been ‘top-sliced’ to pay for the subsidy and vice-chancellors are reliant on students themselves covering the cost of money lost. But changes to the way higher education is funded in Wales have led to concerns around the amount of Welsh money being lost to universities in England.
Full report on the Wales Online site