Higher fees mean less postgrad study?

Students reluctant to continue studies if they have to pay £9k undergraduate tuition fees...

Higher fees mean less postgrad study

A recent survey suggests that many students currently at university would not fork out for postgrad study once their initial degree course is over. Hardly a shocker, is it?

The Student Room website questioned 672 students about their future study plans and a third of them revealed that the planned rise in tution fees would put them off postgraduate education.

Lack of funding options for postgrad study was also cited, with over half of respondents indicating that as a major concern.

The survey follows a warning made last week by Gareth Thomas, the Labour Shadow Universities Minister, who said that visa changes mean that thousands of overseas postgrad students will no longer be able to take up the uni places they have already accepted.

Thomas wrote a letter to Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, saying that the visa reforms leave universities with 'very little' freedom in assessing the competency of students' English language.

'As a result, offers of places made to undergraduate and postgraduate applicants may have to be withdrawn as these offers were made on the back of criteria for entry now no longer acceptable to the UK Border Agency,' he wrote.

'If places have to be withdrawn, this will cause serious and significant problems for universities and for the reputation of British higher education. The government needs to sort this out urgently.'

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