Lower academic fees for Gurkha children at UWIC 

THE University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) believe they have become the first university in the UK to offer lower fee opportunities to the children of servicemen in the Royal Gurkha Rifles.

For a number of years there have been concerns that sons and daughters of Gurkhas serving in the British Army in the UK, have been designated as international students and therefore been subject to the full academic fee (approx £10,000).

Universities UK, the vice chancellors organisation, have written to all UK universities suggesting that this policy should be changed and these people should be given the opportunity to attend British universities as home-students and a fee of about £3,000.

UWIC is pleased to confirm that they are implementing this initiative which means that Gurkha school students who will have attended school in the UK will be welcomed to UWIC on a home-fee basis.

This breakthrough announcement was made at a dinner to mark UWIC’s relationship with the armed forces and in the presence of special guests including Brigadier Rick Libby, the Commanding Officer of the Army in Wales, and Commodore A J Miller CBE Royal Navy, Royal Navy’s Commanding Officer in Wales and the West of England

John Phillips, UWIC’s Dean of International Students and UWIC’s representative for the Military Education Committee for Wales said: “UWIC is very pleased to be the first university in Wales and, we believe - the first in the UK - to implement this initiative.

“We are proud of our military connections and believe it is so important to acknowledge the debt that the UK has to Gurkha soldiers for their commitment and loyal service over the years.”

UWIC has written to the Families Officers at Gurkha units in the UK to publicize this new policy within the community.

UWIC’s military connections include students in Wales Officer Training Corps and students in the University of Wales Air Squadron. We have international
students who are sponsored by their own Ministry of Defence (particularly
from Oman). We have a number of staff both academic and administrative who have formerly served in the armed forces.

UWIC’s International Office has helped to build up UWIC’s outstanding international reputation, attracting students from 128 different countries. India and China are two of our major international markets; however niche markets, such as Oman and Brunei, continue to be extremely important.

For further information contact Sarah Narusberg, Press Officer, Tel: 029 2041 6221, or e-mail: snarusberg@uwic.ac.uk
Web: http://www.uwic.ac.uk/