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Committee concerned over student stress levels

The Committee is concerned about the amount of pressure students find themselves under. Credit: ITV News

A National Assembly Committee is concerned about how much stress students are under in managing their finances and study.

The Finance Committee is asking the Welsh Government to closely monitor how many students are choosing to live at home because of financial pressures, and whether students are more concerned about living expenses than tuition fees.

The Welsh Government funds Welsh students studying in Wales or England but the Committee was told that information about the funding was inconsistent.

Jocelyn Davies AM said: "The committee is very concerned about the pressures students find themselves under...trying to study.

"It recognises the Welsh Government set up an independent review to examine these issues. I hope our findings contribute positively to that review."

Newport vice chancellor to resign

Dr Peter Noyes
Dr Peter Noyes has been at the University of Wales, Newport for 16 years Credit: ITV News Wales

A critic of plans to merge three universities in South East Wales is to resign. Dr Peter Noyes who's the vice chancellor of the University of Wales Newport is standing down for personal reasons.

In the past, he has attacked Welsh Government plans to create a 'super-university' by merging Newport with the University of Glamorgan and Cardiff Metropolitan University. Dr Noyes has worked at the University in Newport for sixteen years, the last six of them as vice-chancellor.

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Small increase in funding for most universities

Most of Wales' universities will receive a small increase in the funding they receive from the Welsh Government. The Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (Hefcw) announced that institutions will receive an average of 2% more than last year.

Most of this will be made up from an increase in tuition fees. Aberystwyth University and the Open University of Wales have seen the biggest increase in funding. Glyndwr University sees the biggest drop, losing around a fifth of the money they receive.

  • University of Glamorgan - 0.8%
  • Aberystwyth Univesity - 7.4%
  • Bangor University - 8.4%
  • Cardiff University - 0.3%
  • University of Trinity St David - 0.6%
  • Swansea University - 5.4%
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University - 4.6%
  • University of Wales, Newport - 0.8%
  • Glyndwr University - -20.3%
  • Swansea Metropolitan University - -0.1%
  • Open University in Wales - 19.2%

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