Liverpool University £9,000 fees plan

The University of Liverpool has become the first in the North West to recommend an increase in tuition fees to the highest level of £9,000 a year.

It follows Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, Exeter, Durham and Leeds in expressing its intention to set the maximum fee allowed by the government.

The university said the fee increase would enable it to "enhance the student experience".

The proposal will be debated at a university council meeting on 30 March.

If passed it will go before the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) for final approval.

'No surprise'

A University of Liverpool spokeswoman said: "The university is recommending to its council which meets on 30 March that we charge a £9,000 fee because this will enable the institution to continue to invest in and enhance the student experience, as well as maintain its position as a leading Russell Group institution for widening access."

National Union of Students vice president Usman Ali said: "It comes as absolutely no surprise that Liverpool University has joined the ever-growing £9,000 group in revealing that it intends to charge students the maximum amount it is permitted to.

"The government has completely failed to put any restrictions, or even disincentives, in place to stop universities asking for as much money as possible from students.

"How long before the most expensive universities start asking for the freedom to charge even more?"

The government has said it wants funds from increased fees to help replace direct government funding of courses, although it has pledged to protect research and science and maths-based subjects.

But it has warned that if too many universities charge £9,000, it might have to cut teaching grants further to cover the cost of student loans.

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