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University bosses will charge top fees

by Siân Ruddick
Issue No. 2239

The government’s claim that only a minority of universities will charge students the maximum fee level of £9,000 a year has been exposed as a sham.

We were assured that most universities would not charge more than £6,000. But as anti-fees campaigners predicted, universities are going for higher levels.

Michael Arthur, vice-chancellor of Leeds University, said, “Do we want to think about going above that level for enhanced academic excellence?

“That’s critically important to the ethos of this university, whatever happens next.”

Vice-chancellors predict that most universities will charge between £7,000 and £8,000 a year from next September.

The national student day of action on 24 February will see protests, rallies and occupations on campuses as people studying and teaching unite against the cuts.

In London, students and lecturers will be taking their fight to Universities UK, the body of vice chancellors from Britain’s “top” universities.

Sitting on the board include University College London head Professor Malcolm Grant and Professor Nigel Thrift, vice-chancellor of the University of Warwick, whose salaries in 2008 were £295,621 and £220,656 respectively.

Several protesters arrested on student demonstrations in London appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last week. Police have made more than 80 arrests since the 2010 protests.

The accused include Christopher Hilliard, 22, of Wilmslow and his

co-defendant, who is 17 and cannot be identified. Both deny police claims that they pulled an officer off his horse.

Justice Sey, of East Finchley, was fined an astonishing £375 for writing in marker pen on a bus shelter and a wall.

James Cross, 26, of Lewisham, was given a community order for stealing police evidence bags and a thigh guard during a protest. This includes a curfew between 8pm and 4am.

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Tue 15 Feb 2011, 18:48 GMT
Issue No. 2239
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