STAY-AT-HOME students who opt to go to university in Burnley will face £9,000 a year in tuition fees.
The Burnley campus is part of UCLan, which has just announced it is to charge the maximum possible fees for students enrolling for courses this autumn.
The university’s board opted to go for the highest figure for students from the UK and the European Union, a decision defended by the Director the Burnley Campus, Dr Martin Brown.
He said: “As the University announced, we are committed to providing a superlative education that equips students with the knowledge, skills and experience to be successful global citizens. This is only possible if we replace the lost state funding through fees. Since our new Burnley campus opened in 2009 the number of students studying University courses has increased from around 350 full-time students to nearly 1,000. Applications for September 2010 were double those for 2009 and early indications for 2011 recruitment are that applications have doubled again.
“Those joining us will see the huge strides we are taking. We will be offering a number of new courses from September, including a range of Masters degrees in Law. As in Preston, Burnley students are also taking advantage of our Internationalisation Bursary which enables them to undertake funded overseas work placements or study periods during their time at UCLan. The aim is to allow students to add a truly international aspect to their CV.
“Key to our strategic aims for Burnley is to maximise the employability of our graduates and to work with regional employers to meet their requirements. We recently launched our ‘Factory of the Future’, which is our Advanced Digital Manufacturing Centre that builds on our strong links with BAE Systems. A new link with Cisco Systems is enabling us to incorporate the latest communications technology into the Centre. The University has for a number of years been a national leader in helping graduates to start their own businesses. The campus now includes 15 start-up businesses, some of which are graduates and some of which are entrepreneurs from the local area.”
The Students’ Union said both students and the Burnley Campus would lose out.
Union president Michael Palmer said: “The Coalition Government has imposed a funding system on the sector that we do not believe is sustainable. It does not serve the interests of students or institutions. The reduction in UCLan’s teaching grant has left the university with no other option but to charge the full £9,000 fees to ensure that the excellent education and overall experience delivered to students is not only secured but continues to develop.
“In this context we are fully supportive of the university’s decision. It is absolutely essential that UCLan puts in place an access agreement that will give students both choice and flexibility. We believe that the SU should be heavily involved in developing this package and we will hold UCLan to account when it comes to delivery.”