Oxford Brookes to reinvest in its students following proposed changes to university fees
Thursday, 01 September 2016
Oxford Brookes University has committed to further investing in the student experience following its decision to charge all full-time UK/EU undergraduate students who started their study after 1 September 2012 tuition fees of £9,250 from 2017/18*.
tuition fee levels have remained the same for four years and have now reduced
in value by more than five per cent in real terms.
University investment over this period has ranged from the award-winning John
Henry Brookes Building and Abercrombie Extension - which have transformed the
learning environment - to continued financial support as part of widening
decision by the University for tuition fees to increase to £9,250 for all students who started their study after
1 September 2012 from 2017/18* will allow
Oxford Brookes to increase this investment and further support its commitment
to providing an exceptional student experience.
discussions with student representatives have been helpful in identifying areas
where the University can further invest in the student experience. It has therefore been agreed that a proportion of
the additional funds received will be invested directly into enhanced provision
of mentoring for students by alumni. This is already an area of great strength
in a number of subject areas at Oxford Brookes and enhancing this provision and
rolling it out more widely will have significant benefits for our students, as
well as for the sectors in which our graduates go on to work.
uplift in fees will also enable continued investment in other priority areas
targeted at improving the student experience, such as our ten year estate
investment plan. This
will see the creation of further buildings, spaces and infrastructure which
match the University’s top quality teaching, support and research.
Students do not have to pay for tuition up front and don’t start to pay
until they graduate and are earning at least £21,000 a year. The new £9,250
tuition fee* will be covered by a loan from the Student Loan Company, in line
with its published repayment terms and conditions.
also important to stress that eligible Oxford Brookes students will still be
able to apply for our bursaries and additional financial support packages. The University remains committed to its goal
of widened participation in higher education, which is at the heart of our Strategy and values of equality, inclusivity and the celebration of diversity
are the foundation for all we do.
Office for Fair Access (OFFA), an independent public body that regulates fair
access to higher education in England, recently approved Oxford Brookes’
proposed fee changes and accompanying access agreement. This is in line with
OFFA’s commitment to promoting and safeguarding fair access to higher education
for people from lower income backgrounds and other underrepresented groups.
Professor Alistair Fitt said: “I strongly believe that this decision is in the
best interest of our students and the University more widely. Oxford Brookes
has, for a number of years, invested heavily in its campuses, infrastructure,
teaching and learning and support provision and I hear on a daily basis from
students and alumni who have benefited from this.
fee level for all UK/EU undergraduate students who started their study after 1
September 2012 from 2017/18* will mean
that we can further reinvest in our students and improve not only the quality
of their degree, but also the legacy of their qualification at Oxford Brookes
as we continue to enhance our reputation locally, nationally and
continue to engage with our student body to decide the best ways in which we can
reinvest in their university. We also remain committed to ensuring education is
available to all and we have committed to investing over £7.5 million in
expenditure in access, student success, progression and financial support for
under-represented students in 2017/18 alone.
“This is why I believe the University has made the right decision and I
look forward to seeing Oxford Brookes, and its students, continuing to thrive
over the coming years.”
The University has created a set of Frequently Asked Questions with further information on proposed changes to fees.
* Whilst these inflationary
fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by
the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the
University meeting expectations in the new Teaching Excellence Framework.
Further information is available in the Minister of State for Universities and
Science’s written statement from 21 July 2016. If
you join us as an EU student in 2017/18 you will not move to International
level fees, provided this continues to be permitted by UK law.