271 Views

Fees rise for current students

Sussex will see fees rise to £9,250 for every home and EU undergraduate, including current students, those who have already started on £9,000.

The announcement was included at the bottom of a press release about university funding by Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell. The release titled, “information on your fees and how we spend them”, did not draw attention to the rise in fees.

The 2017/18 terms and conditions set out by the university state that students can expect a year on year rise in fees. However, this isn’t mentioned in the terms and conditions governing those starting in prior years.

The terms and conditions are the basis of the contract between students and the university. This means all current undergraduate students continuing at Sussex next year will pay a higher fee than was originally set out contractually by the university.

This calls into question a university statement to The Badger which claims: “there has not been any change to student’s terms and conditions, however we have made information about fees even more explicit as this is such an important area for everyone to be as clear about as possible” – yet the 2016/17 and 2017/18 documents are different.

Without being up front in the terms and conditions about the potential for a rise in fees, the university may fly in the face of guidance issued by the Competition Markets Authority, the regulator in charge of trading standards in higher education.

In the government’s 2015 legal guidance to universities on consumer protection law, subtitled “helping you comply with your obligations”, it states: “If no mention is made about fee increases up front, a term that allows fee increases is unlikely to be considered fair”, emphasis in the original.

The spokesperson also claimed the government sets the university’s fees. Yet its website says: “fees are set by the University, but are subject to UK government conformation and to satisfying the Teaching Excellence Framework”.

In addition, the spokesperson contended: “the University will absolutely continue to provide clarity as soon as possible on all information regarding fees particularly when we know more about TEF (the Teaching Education Framework), which is not relevant for next year”.

Yet TEF is the exact mechanism that is allowing the university to raise fees since the Education Minister Jo Johnson recently announced that universities could charge an upper limit of £9,250, as part of TEF.

This will see current students’s fees rise by an extra £250 for next year alone. TEF also allows fees to be linked to the Retail Price Index, a measure of inflation.

VC Adam Tickell noted in the press release mentioning the rise: “From the 2017/18 academic year we will need all new and current students to contribute slightly more per year, with fees rising in line with inflation to £9,250”.

In line with TEF, institutions demonstrating “high quality teaching” will be able to increase fees by 2.8% in 2017/18.

This is a higher rate than the 2.5% agreed between the university and the Students’ Union for non-EU international undergraduates.

TEF’s implementation would see the average student hit by two sets of fee increases while studying at Sussex, rising with inflation.

Yet this isn’t the maximum: an undergraduate doing a foundation year, as well as a year abroad, could see the cost of their education rise four times.

Sussex students could bear the brunt of an unknown rise in fees if inflation were to substantially increase, which is possible given recent financial instability and the fall in the pound, due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

Sussex Students’ Union responded to the university’s press release saying: “as a Students’ Union we would like to reaffirm our opposition to rising tuition fees, for Home, EU and non-EU International students here at the University of Sussex.

“We welcome the increased transparency of the University of Sussex in showing more clearly how our tuition fees are spent but ask for greater transparency in how international student fees are set and spent. We still continue to campaign for free education for all.

“The UK government has raised the maximum tuition fees charge to £9,250 for 2017/18 and the University of Sussex have chosen to increase all tuition fees, for new and continuing Home/EU students up to this maximum. Some other Universities such as Warwick, Sheffield and Plymouth have committed to keeping fees at £9,000 for 2017/18 for continuing students.”

TEF has been opposed by an array of civil society bodies including the National Union of Students and the University and College Union, the principal trade union for university academics.

Sussex students voted in a Student Union referendum to disrupt the TEF, by boycotting the National Student Survey, one of the metrics used to rank universities.

The Vice-Chancellor shall be exclusively interviewed by The Badger about the fee increase.

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Reply

Join the Badger Team

Apply today!

Latest Posts

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate
Campus News
727 views1
Campus News
727 views1

Union obliterates the debate – unwritten requirement used to shut down free speech debate

Jordan Wright - April 27, 2018

Student society Liberate the Debate’s most recent event was cancelled over a lack of compliance with the Students' Union's (USSU) requirement for a neutral chair - a…

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series
Arts
168 views
Arts
168 views

Verve Couture – Musicality, kitsch & ignition: the beginning of a series

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - June 17, 2018

Pictured: Zac Black At Proud Cabaret audiences were spellbound as if at night at the circus, yet this was not like Angela Carter’s magical realist novel; Verve…

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review
Arts
186 views
Arts
186 views

Fleabag on stage at The Old Market – review

Florence Dutton - June 11, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Last Monday at 8pm at Brighton’s The Old Market, I sat myself down in my theatre seat eagerly awaiting…

Fleabag preview
Arts
180 views
Arts
180 views

Fleabag preview

Florence Dutton - June 2, 2018

[caption id="attachment_35513" align="alignnone" width="2400"] Fleabag at Soho Theatre[/caption] Following the mass success of the Bafta award-winning BBC Series, DryWrite and Soho Theatre are about to hit the…

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome
Arts
224 views
Arts
224 views

Brighton Festival: Ezra Furman at the Dome

Georgia Grace - June 1, 2018

Having completed my final semester of university with modules on punk history and queer arts, it was fitting that I rounded off my end-of-assessment celebrations by attending…

Arts
228 views

The Tempest review

Georgia Grace - May 30, 2018

As the sun begins to set over Hove Green, tinnies of Red Stripe are cracked open, tartan blankets are strewn, and families tuck into their picnic hampers.…

A Glass Half Empty review
Arts
219 views
Arts
219 views

A Glass Half Empty review

Georgia Grace - May 27, 2018

For those of us coming to the end of another year of university study, the prospect of careers, marriages and babies may seem a long way off.…

DollyWould at The Old Market review
Arts
211 views
Arts
211 views

DollyWould at The Old Market review

Alex Hutson - May 27, 2018

Sh!t Theatre’s DollyWould is a hilarious, thoughtful and experimental performance piece. The award winning show has the Sh!t Theatre duo integrating comedy, storytelling, personal experience and music.…

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex
Campus News
335 views
Campus News
335 views

UCU Launch Petition to End the ‘Hostile Environment’ at Sussex

Billie-Jean Johnson - May 26, 2018

The Sussex branch of the University and College Union (UCU) has launched a petition calling for Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell to end the 'hostile environment' at Sussex. The…

Arts
172 views

Shakespeare in the sun – The Tempest preview

Georgia Grace - May 24, 2018

In a world of dystopian King Lears and female Hamlets, Shakespeare’s classics are constantly being reimagined for the modern day. There’s something oddly refreshing then about the…

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
468 views
Arts
468 views

Review: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 23, 2018

What a phenomenal contrast these two films present when watched side-by-side. In essence, together they are capable of tracing inner and outer metamorphoses of their subjects. The…

Dollywould at The Old Market preview
Arts
214 views
Arts
214 views

Dollywould at The Old Market preview

Alex Hutson - May 22, 2018

From the 22nd May - 25th May 2018 DollyWould will be showing at The Old Market. An exciting new show, presented by Sh!t Theatre, who won the…

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu
Artist Focus
311 views
Artist Focus
311 views

Exhibition: Io-sono Fedilouu

Ricardo Reverón Blanco - May 16, 2018

Last week artist Fedilou made her debut exhibition in the downstairs space of Morelli Zorelli, a quaint vegan Italian restaurant in Hove, featuring a collection of intimate…

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley
Interview
218 views
Interview
218 views

Interview with Philosophy faculty and COGS director Ron Chrisley

Nikolaos Manesis - May 15, 2018

Ron Chrisley is a Reader in Philosophy, on the faculty of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, and is the director of COGS (Centre for Cognitive Science).…

Adam review
Arts
296 views
Arts
296 views

Adam review

Ketan Jha - May 13, 2018

If you have been a stranger to the stage this spring and decide to see one contemporary show, let it be Adam. This reviewer went in entirely…

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)
Arts
335 views
Arts
335 views

Brighton Fringe Preview: Nick Cave Double Bill at The Old Market (TOM’s Film Club)

Sophie Coppenhall - May 13, 2018

In celebration of iconic Brighton local, legendary alt-rock musician (and episodic actor) Nick Cave, TOM’s Film Club are hosting a double-bill screening of his films at The…

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review
Arts
374 views
Arts
374 views

Whimsical fairy-tale meets class war – Standard: Elite review

Georgia Grace - May 11, 2018

Meta-theatricality and interactivity are becoming all the more vogue in contemporary theatre, and in a world where the arts are becoming increasingly open and democratised, I find…

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks
Artist Focus
271 views
Artist Focus
271 views

A Year of Art Society: The Best Picks

Alex Leissle - May 9, 2018

  [gallery type="slideshow" ids="35385,35386,35387,35388,35389,35390,35391,35392,35393,35394,35395,35396,35397,35398,35399,35400,35401,35402,35403,35404,35405,35406,35407,35408,35409,35410,35411"]

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival
Books
282 views
Books
282 views

More Brit(ish) than ever: A review of Afua Hirsch at Brighton Festival

William Singh - May 9, 2018

Afua Hirsch’s 2018 book - part memoir, part polemic - provokes mixed feelings. So too did her discussion of the topic at this year’s Brighton Festival. Don’t…

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality
Science
368 views
Science
368 views

Ethnic-bioweapons: between conspiracy and reality

Luke Richards - May 8, 2018

Bioweapons exist, while ethnic-bioweapons are whispered conspiracies. Pandemics can fairly hazardous to human life, the 1918 Flu Pandemic killed 20-50 million people. A man made pandemic could…

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced
News
340 views
News
340 views

Breaking: Spring referenda results announced

Jessica Hubbard - May 4, 2018

Students have voted to support the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement, reject Prevent and adopt new Gender Equality policies. Results for the Students' Union referenda were…