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The Warwick student experience, student finance and widening participation

Warwick provides an extremely high quality teaching and learning environment that is valued, and highly sought after, by both students and staff. Warwick is already committed to further enhancements of that environment and we plan to invest around £150 million in our campus infrastructure between now and 2015.

Warwick students are taught by world-leading academics on a campus with a global reputation. Warwick is also consistently ranked as one of the UK’s top ten universities. We need to not just preserve that level of excellence, but to build on it and enhance it despite the reduction in funding that English universities are facing through the cuts to their teaching grants.

The University has held a number of discussions on how best to achieve those goals in a way that also enables the student finance system to promote widening participation. Those discussions have included meetings with: student representatives, Faculty Boards, and with Heads of Department. The University’s Senate and Council have now considered the feedback from those discussions, and have examined a proposal on fees, financial support and widening participation, at their meetings on 16th March (Senate) and 23rd March (Council).

Warwick's Senate and Council have now given their approval to a proposal for the University to set fees at £9,000 for Home and EU undergraduate students for 2012 entry.

The proposal, subject to agreement by the Office for Fair Access, would see students from state schools (or on full bursary schemes at Independent schools), whose family income falls under £25,000, receive a package of fee waivers and bursaries worth a total of up to £4,500, which is equal to half the cost of the standard fee. Around 1500 (19%) of Warwick’s current undergraduate student population falls within those terms.

Degree programmes specifically designed to offer opportunities that widen access, such as Warwick’s 2+2 degrees and part time degrees, would have a fee of £6,000 which may be further reduced by an additional fee waiver.

The proposal would also see Warwick invest around £9.6 million in new measures to further enhance the student experience.

Further details on these proposals will be available to undergraduate students for 2012 entry once they have been agreed with the Office for Fair Access in July 2011.

For further information please contact:

Peter Dunn, Head of Communications
University of Warwick 02476 523708
mobile 07767 655860 p.j.dunn@warwick.ac.uk

PR33 PJD 23rd March 2011