Fix the Fees

Update:

On Wednesday 21st March, we presented the International Student Tuition Fees report to the UAL Executive board following our petition. As a result, the University will be looking into the proposal and considering some 'financial modelling' before making their final decision.

This is the time to continue putting the pressure. So WHAT CAN YOU DO TO GET INVOLVED?

Send an email to all of the Executive Board. Copy our email template below and email the following Executive Board members (note there is one email template for international students and one for home/EU students).

n.carrington@arts.ac.uk
s.reid@arts.ac.uk
s.ofieldkerr@arts.ac.uk
n.brett@lcc.arts.ac.uk
f.corner@fashion.arts.ac.uk
d.crow@arts.ac.uk
j.till@csm.arts.ac.uk
m.james@arts.ac.uk
n.patel@arts.ac.uk
s.d.marshall@arts.ac.uk

International Student email template

Subject: Fix International Student Fees

Dear Executive Board Member,

I am writing to you as I believe that tuition fees should be fixed for International Students at UAL - everyone should pay the same amount from the beginning until the end of our course no matter our fee status.

As an International student myself, I know the worries and stress that the financial burden of studying in UAL involves. Knowing that there are no continuous increases to my tution fees would give me more security.

It is categorically unfair that fees rise in the middle of students’ courses. Given the variable rate of inflation, this increase is a different and considerable amount every year. This can have serious implications for funding if the bursary/stipend a student receives to study in the UK does not increase in line with their fees if they’re an Overseas International student.

Moreover, the disparity between tuition fee increases for Home/EU students and Overseas International students is only growing, and is unfair. UAL should be central to striving to build a world where everyone can access education, no matter what their background, not turning arts education into a pipe dream for all but the elite.

It would be incredible to see UAL work with the Students’ Union and fix the fees for international students! We want to be studying at a university that we are proud of.

Sincerely,

_____ (Your Name)

Home/EU student email template

Subject: Fix International Student Fees

Dear Executive Board Member,

I am writing to you as I believe that tuition fees for international students at UAL should be fixed. Everyone at UAL should pay the same amount from the beginning till the end of their course no matter their fee status. It is a matter of principle.

As a Home/EU student myself, I benefit from knowing that I will pay the same amount through the entirety of my degree.It is categorically unfair that international students do not have this same security. I believe that this is an unnecessary financial burden to place on UAL students.

Moreover, the disparity between the cost of UAL for Home/EU students and Overseas International students is only growing, and it is unfair that my friends and peers should pay so much more than myself for the privilege of studying here. UAL should be central to striving to build a world where everyone can access education, no matter what their background, not turning arts education into a pipe dream for all but the elite.

It would be incredible to see UAL work with the Students’ Union and fix the fees for international students! We want to be studying at a university that we are proud of.

Sincerely,

_____ (Your Name)

Campaign Details

We are calling on UAL to fix the fees for Home, EU and overseas students; we believe everyone should pay the same amount from the beginning till the end of their course no matter their fee status.

We believe it’s a matter of principle that whatever a student pays for their first year of university, should be the same throughout their course.

We know in recent years fee increases mid-course have come as a shock to many International students; and with the recent Higher Education Reforms, we are concerned that the same will occur for Home & EU students.

We are opposed to all fee rises, especially at a time when maintenance grants have been scrapped, the poorest students already face graduating with over £50,000 of debt and International students are openly being treated as cash cows by the Government. Fee increases have already affected the numbers of people applying to study art and design, and we do not want to see this trend continue.

It is unacceptable that a student who started their degree agreeing to paying a certain amount a year, might suddenly have to pay more. Any increase not only comes as a shock to many but also undermines the trust that students have in the university.

Therefore we are calling on UAL to publicly commit to:

1. Consistency: A fixed flat fee-level for the duration of each individual’s studies

We demand that students’ fees do not increase mid-course, for the entirety of their studies.

It is categorically unfair that fees rise in the middle of students’ courses. Given the variable rate of inflation, this increase is a different and considerable amount every year. This can have serious implications for funding if the bursary/stipend a student receives to study in the UK does not increase in line with their fees if they’re an Overseas International student, and this also means Home & EU students are not saddled with even more debt.

2. Fairness: A cap on fee increases for new International students

We demand that international students’ fee increases are brought down and brought in line with Home/EU students’ fee increases

Though we believe that fees are already far too high, under government reforms the “inflationary” fee rises for home/EU students are around 3%. UAL has been increasing international fees at around 4-5% every year, claiming this is in line with “inflation”, but the next academic year they are increasing it by 8% - a huge jump. The disparity between increases for Home/EU students and Overseas International students is only growing, and is unfair. UAL should be central to striving to build a world where everyone can access education, no matter what their background, not turning education into an elitist achievement.

3. Transparency: A clearer picture of how much it costs to study at UAL

We demand that the University make it clear to all students what the fees of their course will be for the entire duration of it and where the funding goes prior to students enrolling at UAL.

The reasoning between the disparity of Home/EU and Overseas fees is not clear to students, it’s the university’s role to make it clearer to them. Moreover, the ‘Where The Money Goes’ infographic on UAL’s website, although a good introduction, does not give students a clear breakdown of how their fees are spent on their course.

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Get in touch

If you'd like to get involved or have any questions please email one of the following:

Education Officer, Hansika Jethnanieducation@su.arts.ac.uk
Campaigns Officer, Sahaya Jamescampaigns@su.arts.ac.uk