Harper Adams University College (Newport) has announced that it will increase its annual tuition fees to £9,000 a year from 2012. This follows both the Royal Agricultural College at Cirencester and Reading Unversity announcing that they will increase fees from 2012.
Principal David Llewellyn said: “A degree from Harper Adams University College represents an outstanding investment for all of our students at a time when the land-based sector is addressing the global challenges of food security, water security and climate change, and graduates in the sector are in particular demand.
“Future students can be assured that in choosing to study here they will be giving themselves a very solid foundation for a successful long-term career. They will be learning from some of the best teaching and research staff in this field and will have access to the best specialist land-based resources in the UK higher education sector.
“Harper Adams University College has not taken lightly the decision to place its fees at this level. Careful consideration has been given to the high cost of our subject base, but also to the impact of higher fees on students. With this in mind, a significant investment is to be made in targeted bursaries, scholarships and other financial support."
As a current student at Harper, and I can only comment on the Post Graduate experience, I have been impressed by the professionalism and committment of each and every member of staff I have come across. However with a 16 year old son about to take GCSEs and chose A level subject, the thought of £9000 a year tuition fees is fairly daunting!