Fee & Access Plans
Under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015, the University is required to develop a Fee & Access plan each year outlining the proposed fees it intends to charge for its courses and how much of the income from fees it will invest in improving ‘Equality of Opportunity’ and the ‘Promotion of Higher Education’.
Fee & Access plans now have a greater focus on improving access to Higher Education and in particular how universities will attract, retain and support students from under-represented groups. The Fee and Access plan also goes into far more detail than previous fee plans and in summary covers:
- The notification to charge the maximum tuition fee for full time undergraduate courses per annum (currently set at £9,000 by the Welsh Government but may be subject to change in 2018-19 – see below)
- The level of fee income expected
- The level of fee income to be invested in Equality of Opportunity and Promotion of Higher Education
- How this investment will be apportioned against Fee & Access Plan objectives
- How these fees and any other costs will be communicated to prospective students
- How the plan was developed in conjunction with partners and the Students’ Union
- The rational for fee income investment and strategic alignment
- The identification of under-represented groups to be include in the plan
- Activities and initiatives to achieve the objectives aimed at the under-represented groups
- Targets to monitor progress towards increasing levels of participation and retention for under-represented groups
The University’s Fee & Access Plans for 2017-18 and 2018-19 have been approved by the Higher Education Council for Wales (HEFCW) and can be viewed below. The 2017-18 plan will take effect in September 2017 and the 2018-19 plan will take effect in September 2018.
The Maximum Tuition Fee for UK/EU students
The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018-19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018-19 could be set to increase from £9,000 (as featured in the current 2018-19 Fee & Access Plan below), to £9,295 per annum (based on the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest). If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to HEFCW to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018-19 Fee & Access plan. Upon approval, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this potential fee increase.
The links below will take you to the University's current (2017-18) and future (2018-19) Fee and Access Plan.