30/08/2013

Concerns Over University Postgrad Fees

SDLP Employment and Learning Spokesperson Pat Ramsey has voiced his concern regarding the above-average increase in fees at Queen's University relating to taught Postgraduate courses.

Mr Ramsey said: "A rise of 12% in postgraduate taught course fees – sometimes up to £480 is a massive hike for any student and family who may be support a postgrad student. When put in the context of the £120 rise by the University of Ulster in relation to the same level of course, the increase does stick in the throats of many who had wanted to pursue a postgraduate course.

"The price increase will be felt by both full-time and part-time students, with the basic rate of a module being increased. The university have said that they have realigned their taught course fees with others across the sector, but I would urge them to take into consideration the implications this may have for some families and students, who may now find a postgrad course beyond their means.

"Widening access and participation, especially in this economic climate, must be the priority of all learning institutions, and I hope Queen's would reconsider this increase. "

(JP/CD)

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