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Fees research by the University of Leicester and OpinionPanel


Research carried out by OpinionPanel and the University of Leicester, looking at a cross section of 10 named universities, found that 1 in 10 of prospective students would be put...

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Research carried out by OpinionPanel and the University of Leicester, looking at a cross section of 10 named universities, found that 1 in 10 of prospective students would be put off applying for a place if all fees rose to £7,000 a year, and only a slightly higher proportion would reject university if faced with fees as high as £10,000 a year. Students from poorer backgrounds will be deterred the most unless institutions respond to the new market with bursary packages and prices below the maximum cap.

Director of Marketing & Communication at the University of Leicester Richard Taylor said: “A fee cap of £7,000 or greater will change the face of UK higher education for would-be students. It will mean differences in fee levels between universities, and possibly courses. It’s encouraging to see the numbers in the survey still opting for higher education holding up – but we should not be complacent. We have a particular interest as Leicester is the most inclusive of Britain's top-20 leading universities with the greatest proportions of students from under-represented groups. We commissioned this research in order to examine the impact of variable fees on the student market with a particular focus on the impact for widening participation in HE'.

Click here to read the press release about the research from the University of Leicester.

You can also find recent press coverage about the research in The Telegraph, The Guardian and the BBC .