Bournemouth University applications down for the second year

BOURNEMOUTH UNIVERSITY: Kimmeridge House

DIFFICULT: Vice chancellor John Vinney

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APPLICATIONS to Bournemouth University are down for the second year running.

Figures plummeted across England last year when fees almost trebled to £9,000 per year.

And with less than a month to go before this year’s deadline, national figures are showing a further reduction of around six per cent.

Prospective students have until Tuesday January 15 to apply for courses so exact figures are not yet known.

But Bournemouth University spokesman Nathaniel Hobby said: “Applications for 2013 entry are broadly in line with the rest of the sector and more positive than the same time last year.

The deadline for ‘on-time applications’ is January 15 and we expect that some courses will still accept applications past this date should prospective students decide to apply later in the year.”

He said the quality of applicants so far had been good and that fewer applications had been rejected than in recent years.

Chief executive of Universities UK Nicola Dandridge said the situation could change over the next few days with a rush of applications expected.

But Mary Bousted from the Association of Teachers and Lecturers blamed the increased fees.

She said: “Unless this government makes access to higher education a realistic and genuine possibility for young people from less privileged backgrounds, [Education Secretary Michael Gove’s] concern for white, working-class boys will be just empty rhetoric.”

The university announced in 2011 that it would charge tuition fees of £8,200 for most degrees and the £9,000 maximum on flagship courses, calling the rise “sadly inevitable”.

Vice chancellor John Vinney wrote to staff and students at the time: “These have been difficult decisions to make, however I am confident that they put our University in the best possible position going forward; offering an excellent experience to all, and maintaining quality throughout.

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5:56pm Wed 16 Jan 13

anigel says...

In the past I have taken several part time and distance learning courses alongside my job, with the rise in university fees solely because I live in England, I can no longer afford to do so, and yet these stupidly high course prices do not apply in Scotland or Wales, alongside a load of other benefits that only apply in these devolved countries. Why is it only England that has no one looking out for its citizens?
In the past I have taken several part time and distance learning courses alongside my job, with the rise in university fees solely because I live in England, I can no longer afford to do so, and yet these stupidly high course prices do not apply in Scotland or Wales, alongside a load of other benefits that only apply in these devolved countries. Why is it only England that has no one looking out for its citizens? anigel
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7:11pm Wed 16 Jan 13

BIGTONE says...

Go to Scotland or Wales it's free.
That's what all the foreign students are doing to get their degrees.
I know someone from Switzerland who attended edinburgh university for his economic degree which he has now attained. As he will probably say......thank you UK. Tough luck England.
Go to Scotland or Wales it's free. That's what all the foreign students are doing to get their degrees. I know someone from Switzerland who attended edinburgh university for his economic degree which he has now attained. As he will probably say......thank you UK. Tough luck England. BIGTONE
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9:46pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Mikeyunibournemouth says...

When I went to Bournemouth Uni my fees were £1200 a year. I feel so bad for students now because, due to pure accident of birth, they have to pay well over twice a year for what I had to pay for my entire course.
When I went to Bournemouth Uni my fees were £1200 a year. I feel so bad for students now because, due to pure accident of birth, they have to pay well over twice a year for what I had to pay for my entire course. Mikeyunibournemouth
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9:55am Thu 17 Jan 13

The Liberal says...

The one plus point is that students don't have to pay the fees up front and will only start repaying the money when earning above a certain threshold. Still, I wouldn't want to be saddled with that much debt for many years, so I can see how the fees are putting some people off.
The one plus point is that students don't have to pay the fees up front and will only start repaying the money when earning above a certain threshold. Still, I wouldn't want to be saddled with that much debt for many years, so I can see how the fees are putting some people off. The Liberal
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11:55am Thu 17 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

They had so many mickey mouse courses at BU. When people had to pay top dollar to attend a course it was inevitable numbers were going to fall.
They had so many mickey mouse courses at BU. When people had to pay top dollar to attend a course it was inevitable numbers were going to fall. jeebuscripes
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1:44pm Thu 17 Jan 13

scrumpyjack says...

jeebuscripes wrote:
They had so many mickey mouse courses at BU. When people had to pay top dollar to attend a course it was inevitable numbers were going to fall.
Completely agree.
[quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: They had so many mickey mouse courses at BU. When people had to pay top dollar to attend a course it was inevitable numbers were going to fall.[/p][/quote]Completely agree. scrumpyjack
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