Worcester to cut fees for A-level stars
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Monday 14 November 2011
High-flying A-level students could be in line for a cut in their university fees next year.
The University of Worcester is offering all students with two A-grade passes and a B a £1,000 fee waiver in their first year at university in 2012. If they do well during their first year, they could also be eligible for a scholarship.
The university is bringing in a scheme to reward its 100 best-performing students with a £1,000 scholarship in 2012.
The scheme is on the back of a large donation to university funds by Midlands educational philanthropist Clive Richards.
The university is one of 27 seeking to alter its agreement with the Office for Fair Access, the universities' access watchdog, in the wake of government changes to student numbers next year.
However, David Green, the university's vice-chancellor, stresses that will not mean any reduction in student fees – set at £8,100 for traditional degree courses and £6,000 for a foundation course.
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