Students want controversial graduation fees scrapped

A row over graduation fees at a leading Scottish university has sparked calls for the charges to be scrapped. Student leaders said the £50 (US$68) fees currently charged by many institutions should be abolished, writes Andrew Denholm for The Herald.

The call from student body the National Union of Students Scotland came after an anatomy student at the University of Glasgow took to social media platform Twitter to raise concerns over graduation charges. Fiona Ballantyne (32) wrote: “£50 to graduate from Glasgow University and if I want to go to the ceremony, that’s £42 as well for gown hire. Guess I won’t be graduating then. I’d also like to point out that Edinburgh University has no fee.”

A spokeswoman for the University of Glasgow said officials had already decided to abolish graduation fees in future years, with a student committee currently looking at bringing it forward to the current year.
Full report on The Herald Scotland site