Wednesday 11-11-2015 - 16:08
Ahead of the #CutTheCosts Westminster Lobby on 8 December, students' unions across the country are joining the campaign.
Students are campaigning for Ulster University to clarify what additional costs students will face on top of their tuition fees. For example, nursing students are hit with a £130 charge for compulsory vaccinations, on the top of cost of a uniform and mandatory placement. Art and design students have up to pay £150 for studio or bench fees and language students are charged £125 each semester to attend a residential. Using the hashtag #theRealCost, students are making it clear they want transparency on hidden course costs. They are demanding universities to be upfront about any additional costs, so students can make informed decisions about where to study and what course to do.
SU vice president (academic and student affairs) Conan Meehan said:
“I believe that it’s wrong to suggest that the idea of your tuition fees covering the costs of necessary books and materials is a naive thought. Many Ulster students simply are not equipped with this vital information prior to enrolment of their chosen course, so how are they to know otherwise? Essentially, the decision not to make additional course fees explicit within the Ulster University prospectus is an omission of crucial information.”
Find out more about the UUSU campaign here.
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