So student fees are set to go up for English students, with universities now able to charge as much as £9,000. Yikes. And while people may think this doesn’t affect them unless they are students, they could be wrong.
A report by the Centre for Cities has revealed that student spending accounts for around 10% of the economic activity in some cities and employment generated by universities is also a big assets.
The report is encouraging university cities to plan ahead for possible falling student numbers as the tuition fees rise and less people may choose to go to university.
The biggest cities which could be hit include Cambridge, Plymouth, Coventry, Oxford, Dundee, Swansea, Hull, Brighton, Stoke and Nottingham. Only one Scottish city made it into the list, but probably because tuition fees in Scotland are still free, so only English students in Scotland are having to pay for their tuition.