Bishop Grosseteste to charge £7,500 in fees

Bishop Grosseteste University College Lincoln (BG) announced it is to charge £7,500 per year for student tuition fees for the majority of its courses from 2012.

BG said the decision was not yet final and is subject to Government approval.

Announcing the proposed charge Principal Muriel Robinson said: “We are setting a fair fee.

“We recognise that this is a substantial increase in fees, but people considering coming here to study should remember that they won’t have to pay the tuition fees while they study — they will receive a Government loan.”

In an email to staff obtained by The Lincolnite, Robinson explained “governors met last week to consider how we should approach setting our fees and agreed on some important principles.

“Governors agreed that we should set our fee at £7,500 for students starting completely new courses in 2012 at BA level, and £5625 for new Foundation Level students.”

These fees will not apply to current students or those who join in September 2011.

Last week the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) confirmed BG will receive nearly £4 million of funding for 2011-12.

Excluding a one-off grant received in 2010-11, this grant represents a reduction of just over 4% relative to the current year.

The University of Lincoln is yet to announce how much it plans to charge for its courses starting 2012.