Higher fees not putting students off

Graduates at Portsmouth University
Graduates at Portsmouth University
Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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THE vice chancellor of the University of Portsmouth has said the rise in tuition fees has not had a significant impact on students choosing to study in the city.

This September will be the first time students will have to pay trebled tuition fees.

There had been concerns that this would impact on the numbers of students applying to join university.

But this year, 24,064 students applied to study in Portsmouth, compared to 25,221 last year and 24,021 in 2010.

And between 150 and 200 pupils have found a place at the university through clearing in the past few days.

John Craven, vice chancellor, said it’s been a good year for the university.

‘We have recruited to our target,’ he said.

‘We have filled the places we have got available.

‘We are still open to talk to people with reasonable grades in a number of subject areas.’

But overall Mr Craven said there has been little change to previous years and students still want a university life.

High number of potential students visited the university on recent open days too.

‘I think it’s reassuring that people see the value of university. That’s good,’ he added.

‘It’s a much better outcome than we might have feared.

‘It’s very pleasing that it appears that the value of getting a university education hasn’t been squashed.

‘It hasn’t been downgraded by the fact that they are paying higher fees.

‘I see every reason why we can continue to be successful and recruit good students. I am confident.

‘The University of Portsmouth has demonstrated it can weather quite a big change in funding.

‘The students are paying higher fees and we are getting much less money from the government.’