Edinburgh Napier University today announced an increase of tuition fees for rest-of-UK (RUK) students to £6,500 a year.
The new fees will affect students starting the academic year 2012/2013 onwards and puts the price of a four-year honours course at £26,000.
NUS Scotland president Robin Parker expressed concern over the University’s decision to increase fees for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, saying:
“This is yet another example of a Scottish university setting the cost of their degree as high as anything we've seen in England. Just because this isn't as high as Edinburgh, St Andrews or at UWS we should not forget that the average degree at Oxford and Cambridge will cost less than £25,000. This is ridiculous.”
Mr Parker went on to say that Principals in Scotland could be at risk of closing the doors to RUK students when making the cost of Scottish degrees the highest in the UK, adding that “the reputational damage to Scottish universities should not be underestimated”.
Along with the raised fees the University announced an exclusive bursary scheme of £1,000 - £2,000 a year for RUK students from low-income households.
In a statement Professor Dame Joan K Stringer, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said:
“Committing to a new bursary scheme for rest-of-UK students is … consistent with our strong track record of widening access, and will help ensure that increased fees do not act as a deterrent to all those that can benefit from a university education.
“At Edinburgh Napier we have long welcomed students from all over the world and from all backgrounds, and are proud of our reputation for graduate employability, which is among the best in Scotland.”
RUK students at Edinburgh Napier University will be charged proportionally to the amount of tuition received, meaning those who choose to leave with an ordinary degree after three years or those who are granted direct entry into second year will only pay £19,500.