Edinburgh Napier University has set fees of £6,500 per year for students living in England, Northern Ireland and Wales for all full-time undergraduate programmes*, it announced today (Thursday, 29 September).
It means a full-time four year honours degree at the University would cost students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland £26,000.
Under the plans, each student would be charged proportionately to the amount of tuition he or she received.
For example, a student who entered in Year 2 and completed an Honours degree would pay £6,500 a year for three years – or £19,500 in total.
Similarly, a student who entered in Year 1 and left after three years with an ordinary degree would pay £6,500 a year – or £19,500 in total.
The University – which has experienced an 80% rise in undergraduate applications over the last two years – has also confirmed that a new bursary scheme, exclusively for students from outside Scotland, will be launched from 2012/13.
The scheme, which is based on household income, comprises two elements:
· Students with a Residual Household Income (RHI) of £25,000 or less would be eligible for a bursary of £2,000 each year for a maximum of four years.
· Students with an RHI between £25,001 and £42,600 would be eligible for a bursary of £1,000 each year for a maximum of four years.
In addition, Edinburgh Napier has developed a Tuition Fee Guide for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which includes a FAQs section. It can be downloaded here.
Professor Dame Joan K Stringer, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University said:
“The prospective students and their parents we consulted made it clear that their preference was for a straightforward fee structure which maintains the relationship between the charge and the amount of tuition received.
“Committing to a new bursary scheme for rest-of-UK students is also consistent with our strong track record of widening access, and will help ensure that increased fees do not act as a deterrent to all those that can benefit from a university education.
“At Edinburgh Napier we have long welcomed students from all over the world and from all backgrounds, and are proud of our reputation for graduate employability, which is among the best in Scotland.
“We are committed to providing the very best student experience we can, something our £100m estate strategy is helping achieve through the development of state-of-the-art facilities such as our new Sighthill Campus.”
Edinburgh Napier’s facilities include an iconic, modern business campus at Craiglockhart; a landmark £60m campus at Sighthill for students in health, life and social sciences and a makeover underway to bring engineering, computing and creative industries students together in improved facilities at the Merchiston campus.
Students learn in mock hospital wards, a brand new sports centre with an environmental chamber and biomechanics laboratories, science laboratories, creative studios, a newsroom, a crime scene room, modern lecture theatres, music rooms, a computer games lab and a huge 24-hour computing centre.
We are one of the top five universities for graduate employability, with 93.2% of our students in work or further study within six months of graduation.
We nurture close links with industry to improve the industry relevance of our teaching and research and to give our students the best possible head start in their career.
We offer regular guest lectures from industry specialists and live projects. And we work in partnership with ground-breaking and successful businesses and our staff are actively engaged with industry, either as practitioners or in research or knowledge transfer programmes.
Our courses are accredited by 94 different professional bodies and many include an industry work placement, giving students’ valuable business experience, networking opportunities and enhanced personal development.
We also help our students forge their own careers; more than 1,200 students a year take modules in entrepreneurship and our Moffat Centre has helped launch 84 viable businesses
Our unique Confident Futures personal development programme turns students into well-rounded professionals with the soft skills and attitudes demanded by employers. Its workshops cover people skills, such as interacting, influencing and communicating with others; self reliance skills, such as networking; and employability skills, such as managing conflict, problem solving and change management.
*This excludes programmes which already charge a full-cost fee to all students. The proposed fee structure is also subject to Scottish Government legislation approval and annual review.