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Issue no 5

Your weekly paper from third year Journalism students at Solent University

The crazy jobs that students do... PAGE 9

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Solent Success: Jenny Packham PAGE 6

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Solent basketball lose out to Glamorgan PAGE 11 Solent kickboxer seals win PAGE 12

LETTE’S BE HAVING YOU!

Read the hilarious interview on page 3

Author stars in university event to mark International Women’s Day centenary Best selling author, playwright, broadcaster and all round salacious scribe Kathy Lette led Solent University’s celebrations on International Women’s Day. The day kicked off with a hilarious audience with the author famed for scarcely missing the opportunity to tackle controversial subjects. Attendees participated in a Q&A session with the author, telling a shocked audience how she once rejected the overtures of one Mr George Clooney before his days on ER. The event was organised by the University’s Equality Forum and took place on Tuesday. Kathy was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Solent in 2009.

Picture: Nicky Johnstone

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FRIDAY, 11 MARCH, 2011

Decision date looms for Solent tuition fee UNIVERSITY FINANCE: Annual fees set to top £6,000 as university prepares support plan Solent University has confirmed tuition fees from 2012 will be more than £6,000 per year, but has yet to decide on a final figure. The Office For Fair Access (OFFA) said this week that if universities want to charge more than £6,000 they need to show how they are widening access for students from poorer backgrounds. Trevor Thorne, Solent’s Director of Marketing and Communications, said: “At the moment there is a working group looking to produce a submission for an Access Agreement, which will set out what we plan our fee level should be and also set out the support we will provide for students coming to us.”

But he added: “At £6,000, the university would struggle to provide the level of services it does at the moment.” The annual fee for students starting this September at Solent is £3,375, with a similar level of funding per student from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which oversees university grants. The National Scholarship Programme (NSP), which will provide financial support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, is one factor which could affect the fee level but the university is still awaiting details of the scheme. HEFCE has warned that universities are facing a transition

to a very different financial environment. “HEFCE looks at university finances on an annual basis and decides if universities are actually viable,” said Mr Thorne. “It decides whether it thinks you are at risk as a university in terms of how you are running your finances. It recommends that universities run a surplus of 3% - something Solent has achieved for many years.” He said the entire university sector is “considering what kind of downturn” the fee increases might cause. “It could be a serious deterrent to would-be students. So universities need to communicate the right messages. What we are trying to work through at

the moment are some very clear messages about the benefits of higher education and what it actually means to you as an individual, and how that will benefit you in the longer term, as well as obviously putting in place measures that will help as many students as we can.” The University of Exeter has announced that it will charge £9,000 a year in tuition fees, joining Cambridge and Imperial College. Exeter is the first university to charge maximum fees outside the Russell Group, which represents the top 20 universities in the country. Solent’s final fee is unlikely to be announced before 19 April, the OFFA deadline. Rannva Danielsen

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