Derby to offer range of tuition fees

The University of Derby has announced that it intends to set variable tuition fees of up to £8,000 from September 2012.

April 5, 2011

The university has followed the lead of London Metropolitan University, which said last month that it planned to charge a range of fees, with an average between £6,000 and £7,000.

Coventry University has also announced variable fees ranging from £7,500 to £9,000.

Most universities that have made an announcement about their fee levels intend to charge fixed rates considerably higher than the £7,500 average for which the government has budgeted. Prior to Derby’s announcement, the average fee among those that have set out their plans, and before waivers are taken into account, was more than £8,700.

In a statement, Derby says a “student-centred philosophy and prudent financial management” has put it in a strong position.

Last year, the university made an operating surplus of £10 million and expects to do so again this year.

It says its tuition fees will reflect “the true cost and individual characteristics of courses”. Around 20 per cent of courses have been deemed “specialist” courses because they include “additional experiences” such as foreign field trips. Fees for these will be £7,995 a year.

“Resource intensive” courses, requiring specialist facilities on campus, will cost £7,495. An equal number of “classroom-based” courses will cost £6,995.

The university also reserves the right to introduce a £9,000 “premium category” – “should circumstances warrant it” – for courses that are “very distinctive, high cost and unique to Derby”.

John Coyne, vice-chancellor, said Derby’s emphasis on “meaningful contact hours, access to tutors and relatively small class sizes” would remain.

“We don’t rest on our laurels or historic reputation and notion of status. That is old thinking. Our decision is based on pricing not posturing, fairness not folly,” he said.

The fee levels were set in consultation with the University of Derby Students’ Union. Caleb Jackson, its president, said: “We recognise the need to ensure that the university can continue to generate the funds necessary to reinvest in improving all aspects of life for our students. We are on the up as a university and our students deserve the best.”

paul.jump@tsleducation.com

• For a full list of the universities that have announced their tuition fee plans for 2012, see: www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/feescounter

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Assistant Recruitment - Human Resources Office

University Of Nottingham Ningbo China

Outreach Officer

Gsm London

Professorship in Geomatics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Professor of European History

Newcastle University

Head of Department

University Of Chichester
See all jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

sitting by statue

Institutions told they have a ‘culture of excluding postgraduates’ in wake of damning study

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate