Solent University to Reduce Tuition Fees for Academic Year 2020/2021

Solent University to Reduce Tuition Fees for Academic Year 2020/2021

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This academic year, due to campus lockdown in response to COVID-19, students are experiencing a serious impact to their studies. 

For £9,250, in 20/21 students at Solent are receiving education of the same standard as an open university, which in comparison charge on average no more than £3,100 per academic year. 

Until campus reopens and the quality of education can be returned to its former level, students should not be expected to pay for facilities they have no access to. On average, graduates face debts of £40,000 after three years of study. If this academic year's costs were reduced until campus is once again fully operational, the student body, comprised of 11 thousand people, would be saved from millions of pounds of debt.

You do the maths-

  • Should it really cost a university £50,875,000 per semester to deliver one hour-long seminar via an online video chat, per student, per day? 
  • If there are 150 days per academic year (Monday to Friday, assuming one hour's content is delivered each day), are students really getting their £310 worth a week? That's £310 for five hours of teaching content, or even less, as this is not factoring in unavoidable disruptions, such as internet or technical difficulties.
  • Assuming that on average, ten minutes are lost per hour due to these issues- that's £310 in fees, a week, for approximately 250 minutes of education. 
  • If the premises, which cost the university £14,700,000 a year (as of Solent University's 2018/2019 Financial Summary) are currently unavailable for use, why are their costs still being factored into this semester's tuition fees?
  • If conferences and their subsequent catering costs are not being held (which we can assume amount to 50% of the expenditure listed under Residences, catering and conferences in the aforementioned summary) cost a further £5,950,000 a year, why are these costs still being factored into this semester's tuition fees? 
  • If academic services such as the library, which again, students have limited access to, cost the university £12,900,000 a year when fully operational (according to the 18/19 summary), why is the current reduction in operation not reflected in a reduction of this semester's tuition fees?

For a university that prides itself for focusing on the practical side of higher education, enabling learners from all backgrounds to become enterprising citizens and responsible leaders, and promoting economic and social prosperity for the communities you serve, reducing fees for the benefit of Solent students should be a non-issue. And yet, we are slowly sinking further into debt for a quality of education far, far lower than we were promised. 

All that we ask is for Solent University's tuition fees to be reduced in the face of this current climate. By doing so, Solent University can retain their integrity as an institution that claims to be forward thinking, and conscious of their student's needs, including those from poor economic backgrounds who you claim to provide with equal opportunities. . 

We students are your future. To those at Solent University: please invest in us.

By listening to your student body when we say that charging full price for this semester of study is unethical, and in direct contradiction to your own ethos, you will prove to be at the forefront of the future, and a university that elevates its students' emotional and financial wellbeing above all else. Showing this level of compassion in this trying time can only serve to benefit all who are invested in the education at Solent University. 

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