Fee & Access Plans
Under the Higher Education (Wales) Act 2015, the University is required to develop a Fee & Access plan each year outlining the proposed fees it intends to charge for its courses and how much of the income from fees it will invest in improving ‘Equality of Opportunity’ and the ‘Promotion of Higher Education’.
Fee & Access plans now have a greater focus on improving access to Higher Education and in particular how universities will attract, retain and support students from under-represented groups. The Fee and Access plan also goes into far more detail than previous fee plans and in summary covers:
- The notification to charge the maximum tuition fee for full-time undergraduate courses per annum
- The level of fee income expected
- The level of fee income to be invested in Equality of Opportunity and Promotion of Higher Education
- How this investment will be apportioned against Fee & Access Plan objectives
- How these fees and any other costs will be communicated to prospective students
- How the plan was developed in conjunction with partners and the Students’ Union
- The rational for fee income investment and strategic alignment
- The identification of under-represented groups to be include in the plan
- Activities and initiatives to achieve the objectives aimed at the under-represented groups
- Targets to monitor progress towards increasing levels of participation and retention for under-represented groups
The University’s Fee & Access Plans for 2017-18 and 2018-19 have been approved by the Higher Education Council for Wales (HEFCW) and can be viewed below. The 2017-18 plan will take effect in September 2017 and the 2018-19 plan will take effect in September 2018.
The Maximum Tuition Fee for UK/EU students
In July 2017, the Welsh Government outlined intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee for UK/EU full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation for 2018-19. However, since then (October 2017), the Welsh Government has now confirmed the maximum tuition fee in Wales will remain at £9,000 (until further notice). The University sets its maximum tuition fee in line with Welsh Government policy and therefore any future changes made by the Welsh Government (such as any future fee increases linked to inflation) will be reflected in the fees the University charges its students. Any future changes will be communicated to students as soon as is practically possible.
The links below will take you to the University's current (2017-18) and future (2018-19) Fee and Access Plan.