STATISTICS continue to show that the hike in tuition fees is hitting the number of students applying to go to university.
The trebling of fees to a maximum of £9,000 comes in next month and the Independent Commission on Fees says that the number of students applying to go to universities in England this autumn has dropped nationally by almost 9%.
The news, however is much better in Huddersfield where a sensible policy on fees has been rewarded by a much stronger picture on the number of applicants, down just 3% on last year.
Huddersfield charges £7,950 and its applications have held up well. When defunct courses are removed from the figures, the number of applications for degree courses is up by around 11%.
That’s great news for a university which prides itself not just on the fairness of its fee structure but on the growing recognition it is receiving for delivering on great programmes and value for money.
The fact that figures from the Education Statistics Agency puts Huddersfield in sixth place for the second year running in terms of graduate employment nationally makes the town’s university seem even more of an attractive option.
In tough times, spending money wisely becomes even more of a focus and where is that more crucial than in educating the next generation?