We’ve been making this claim quite a bit recently, and given that we’ve been frequently asked to explain it (justifiably of course) we’ve decided to give a quick run through of our logic.
There are multiple factors to bear in mind:
- £9,000 a year is the highest rate for public Universities in Europe, and the third highest in the developed world, so Britain has the highest fees in Europe.
- Within Britain, Ancient Scottish universities are the most expensive due to having a four year course rather than three years, as is the case in England. For tuition fees alone St Andrews and Edinburgh share this dubious honour.
- St Andrews has the highest average living costs of all Scottish Universities.
When we made our claim we factored in both the tuition fees and the costs of living in St Andrews. After all, when you graduate with tens of thousands of pounds in unavoidable debt, we doubt you care too much where it came from.
Sadly St Andrews has always had a reputation for, well, being a bit posh. But the actions of people at this University have shown time and time again that people don’t conform to that stereotype. There are so many people who care about this University’s future, and as long as this is the case, we will continue to resist this outrageous decision.