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UCL cuts fees for returning graduates

Publication date: Apr 1, 2009 2:43:05 PM

UCL’s undergraduate students will be offered an unprecedented £1,000 discount on tuition fees if they go on to study one of the university’s taught Masters programmes in 2009/10. This is the first in a series of measures currently being developed by UCL to assist this year’s graduating students during the economic downturn.

“We’re concerned that students graduating in the summer will face one of the bleakest employment markets in decades,” said UCL President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant. “Many financial institutions and related professions are likely to reduce their graduate intake dramatically and even a strong degree from UCL can offer no guarantee of securing fulfilling employment. We wish to support our graduates’ future development under these challenging circumstances, and to encourage them to undertake further education and training.”

The £1,000 discount will be available to all UCL undergraduate students who:

  • graduate in 2009
  • successfully apply for admission to one of the university’s taught Masters programmes in 2009/10 and
  • take up the offer of a place and enrol on the programme in 2009/10.

Students enrolling for part-time study will receive an equivalent part-discount on their fees.

“By providing this exceptional discount, UCL hopes to strengthen the employment prospects of our 2009 graduates,” said Professor Grant. “This is also an opportunity for us to encourage outstanding graduates to continue their studies, helping to nurture the next generation of world-class scholars and scientists.”

Applications for admission should be made in the usual way and eligible students will be able to claim the discount at the point of fee payment. Information on how to apply for admissions to UCL’s taught Masters programmes is at:

Other elements of the support package for UCL graduates are in development and will be announced shortly.


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