Week ten was spent with only me and Ismail in the session, so we decided to continue with the idea about a video story. It had been decided that the story was going to be about Leeds Metropolitan University’s fee rise so I set about writing the script for it.
In the session I researched the topic and found out statistics and background on the university and the Government’s decision to increase the cap of student fee’s to £9,000.
Additionally I had a go at creating a logo for the site and Twitter feed but due to my lack of photoshop skills I conceded the matter and passed it onto Ismail.
During this week, we also looked at changing the appearance of our site as we both felt it looked a little too informal and uneducated for what we were trying to do and decided to change our theme in order to make it look a real news site but with elements of ‘young’ and ‘cool’ still there. We decided on Inuit Types by BizzArtic and a white and navy blue colour scheme.
Later on after the session I put together a very brief script with the road we wanted it to go down along with leaving wriggle room in the script depending on how our planned Vox Pops went.
On the 28th March, Leeds Metropolitan announced that their tuition fees are to be set at £8,500 when the increased cap comes into practice in 2012.
The university was the first in the Million+ group to reveal their plans and has received mixed views on the decision to charge only £500 less thanOxfordandCambridge.
Following the Browne Review in October and the decision by MP’s to lift the cap on student fees ten thousand protesters floodedLondon.
The Government agreed in the House of Lords that there would be a £9k cap and could be charged at a rate of 3% depending on earnings and only paid back once the student is earning over £21,000
Leeds Metropolitans Chairman of Governors defended the rise to £8,500 saying;
“In the face of huge cuts in Government funding, we face difficult and tough choices.
“We shall continue to secure cost savings but it is essential that we remain able to invest in high- quality university education and facilities for our students.
“We have a proud history of widening participating and will continue to support access into higher education and ensure that our students are successful at university and after they graduate.”
But will the rise affect people coming to Leeds, after all a major attraction to Leeds Metropolitan was once the good value it prided itself on.