Durham Students' Union Reacts to Planned Fee Increases

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Durham university has come under fire from students following the announcement that it will raise fees from £9,000 to £9,250 for the 2017-18 academic year.

Durham was one of several universities to announce the increase ahead of a parliament decision on whether or not to remove the current limit of £9,000. Many MPs have in fact condemned the plans, but last week government released a statement to set out the process of increasing fees.

Durham Students' Union released a statement following the announcement of the planned increases and said that it "opposes the tuition fee increases, and believes that the challenges of diversity and accessibility in Durham are only increased by making degrees more expensive."

It's also feared that the uncapping of fees at high-performing universities will create a two tired higher education system, where the best universities become more expensive and less accessible to already under-represented groups.

A petition has been started to try and force the Vice Chancellor to reverse the increase and has already achieved more than 400 signatures.

Earlier in the year there was a strong reaction from the student community against the new £7,058 standard-let college accommodation prices.

Durham Students' Union has criticised the university for failing to consult students on the matter of increase tuition fees, after committing to doing so despite students spending months campaigning against the recent rise in accommodation prices.