Portsmouth students walk out over proposed reforms

PLACARDS University of Portsmouth students protest  outside the Student Union in Cambridge Road.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120911-4704)
PLACARDS University of Portsmouth students protest outside the Student Union in Cambridge Road. Picture: Sarah Standing (120911-4704)
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UNIVERSITY students walked out in protest over government reforms to higher education.

A group of students from Portsmouth joined thousands of others throughout the country to boycott lectures and demonstrate what universities will look like if higher education fees keep soaring.

Students say they are having to fund ‘hidden’ course fees, including paying extra for equipment, books and trips on top of their fees which have almost trebled to £8,500 a year.

Sam Bogg, 21, a journalism and international relations undergraduate, thinks the cost of fees and hidden expenses has turned university into a rip-off.

He said: ‘Once you start your first year, you’re in, then you find out about all these other hidden costs.

‘Next year, when students are paying £8,500, you would expect things like equipment costs to be included in that.’

The move is part of the National Union of Students’ Come Clean campaign, which calls for a public debate on issues such as student funding and planned university reforms.