By Josh Smith
Durham University has agreed to fix international tuition fees from the academic year 2016-17 onwards.
This decision follows extensive campaigning by the Students’ Union after it became clear that students were being negatively affected by unexpected increases.
International students previously faced increases in tuition fees of around 10%, which were usually unknown when they started their course.
The Students’ Union contacted the acting Vice Chancellor, Ray Hudson, who is also Chair of the Scholarship, Fees and Awards Advisory Group, to explain how students were being negatively affected.
Following this feedback, the University set up a working group to consider how they could fix fees for international students. This group made recommendations on how this could be done and the University have consequently confirmed that international tuition fees will be fixed from the academic year 2016-17 onwards.
Such a decision has also taken place against the backdrop of a national campaign pushing for fixed tuition fees, which has included work done by the National Union of Students (NUS).
Leigh Spanner, Academic Affairs Officer, commented: “We are extremely pleased that the University have listened to feedback from the student body and responded to make this change.
“This is a fantastic example of what can be achieved if the student body works together to challenge an issue.
“This will benefit many students in the future who can now financially plan for their time spent studying in Durham University.”
Durham Students’ Union have been contacted for comment.
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