Despite the commotion caused by the recent student protests in London, the new government plan to dramatically increase tuition fees is definitely going to be implemented.
The exact fee for future University of Southampton students is to be set by University Council in a few weeks’ time. However, Rob Stanning, VP Academic Affairs, can reveal that ‘the university certainly intends to charge over £6000 per year, most likely somewhere around £8000, but this has not yet been decided’.
He also explains that ‘all courses [at the University of Southampton] will cost the same’. Therefore an English degree, which has as little as eight hours of teaching time per week, could potentially cost £8000 per year, a hefty price to pay indeed, in comparison to a subect such as Law, which has over double this amount of teaching time.
Many students have voiced their displeasure in terms of contact hours with lecturers, but also in reference to facilities and resources. Studying for a science-based subject, such as Chemistry, involves the use of laboratory resources, whereas a subject such as English requires more independent study that can be done from home. In light of this, why every subject should cost the same remains a confusing matter to many students, as does the severity of the increase in tuition fees despite cuts to certain subjects.