Students 'not put off by high fees'

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Inquiries from would-be students planning to start degrees next year are increasing, despite the prospect of £9,000 fees, a leading university has said.

Nottingham University said it has seen a 48% increase in the number of people booking to attend its open days compared to last year.

There has also been a 26% increase in calls to its undergraduate inquiry centre, and a 22% increase in requests for prospectuses, the institution said.

Nottingham has announced it will charge students the maximum £9,000 fees from next year.

The move to £9,000 fees has been made by the majority of universities, which has prompted concerns that would-be students will be put off higher education by the prospect of graduating with a large debt.

The university's registrar, Paul Greatrix, said: "These figures are significant because they are an early indicator of levels of interest from prospective undergraduates looking to start courses in September 2012.

"It is clear that interest in a Nottingham degree has not diminished in light of the proposed new fee arrangements. In fact, we have seen greater interest than in previous years."