UWA Student Guild Disappointed at UWA Vice-Chancellor for Support of Fee Deregulation

UWA Student Guild Media Release

The UWA Student Guild is dismayed by the position taken by the UWA Vice-Chancellor to use the university’s reputation on research tables, over teaching quality and student access to education, to justify the need for fee deregulation.

Proposed fee deregulation to allow universities themselves to choose to charge what they feel is appropriate, increased student contributions, and an increase to the student loan interest rate, may put studying at UWA out of reach of many.

“The priority of the VC seems to be on “high impact research” that will continue to be funded by cross-subsidization from teaching, and will “attract the top students” or rather those who can afford to take on the now increased financial burden of education” said Tom Henderson, UWA Student Guild President.

“The comments made by the UWA VC, and other supporters of fee deregulation, are very concerning for students.” Lizzy O’Shea, UWA Student Guild Education Council President said today. “We’re concerned that these increased student contributions will not be put back into funding teaching at our Universities and supporting our staff”.

“These changes will compromise the fundamental right to a universally accessible education, and we hope that the University consults with students if they choose to bring in these changes” Lizzy added.

For more information, please contact-

Tom Henderson – UWA Student Guild President – president@guild.uwa.edu.au
Lizzy O’Shea – UWA Student Guild Education Council President – ed@guild.uwa.edu.au

Posted on May 19, 2014

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