The following post is reproduced from the petition page. If you’ve yet to sign and share – please do! We still need your names and complaints!
On Wednesday 8th June, KCLSU’s Vice-President, Ben Hunt (Arts & Sciences) and I met with Vice-Principal Evelyn Welch (Arts & Sciences) and Paul Teulon, Director of Admissions.
Later that day, emails were sent out to all the Post-graduate Taught course convenors, and all domestic/EU MA offer holders in the school of Arts and Humanities.
These emails explained that the Arts & Hums deposit policy, which was so hastily implemented, has now been suspended for the remainder of the year.
- All current domestic/EU MA offer holders in the school of Arts and Humanities will be able to accept their offers WITHOUT paying the deposit.
- Every applicant who declined their offer or allowed it to lapse will be sent a NEW offer. NO DEPOSIT will be required to accept this renewed offer.
The Faculty has informed us that this may not be a permanent rollback. They believe that deposits are still necessary. A decision-making committee will meet later this month to discuss this petition, and the complaints and testimonials we and the teaching staff have compiled. Together we have made the Faculty take notice, and we have created change.
While this movement is a huge step forward, and demonstrates good faith on the part of the Faculty – it’s not enough. It does not acknowledge the difficulties faced by international students, who are still expected to pay exorbitant £2000 deposits; it neglects the students outside of Arts & Hums.
One student who has had her offer reinstated got in touch to offer thanks. She provided us with a copy of the email she received:
Last year the Faculty of Arts & Humanities extended the requirement to pay deposits when accepting an offer for a postgraduate course in our faculty to a number of courses which were not previously covered. Deposits are designed to help us to plan our provision better and provide our students with the best possible experience. However, we acknowledge that the newly introduced PGT deposits for Home/EU applicants has made it particularly difficult for some students applying for certain programmes to pursue their desire to study at King’s. To address this and in view of the continuing uncertainties around the new Postgraduate loan scheme we have decided to suspend the deposit scheme for Home/EU applicants to Arts & Humanities programmes for this year. Current Home/EU offer-holders for programmes in the Faculty will therefore no longer be required to pay a deposit for 2016/17 in order to accept their offer. If in light of this decision you would like King’s to reinstate your offer, please let us know and we will issue a new offer to you that you will be able to accept without having to pay a deposit.
A copy of the email sent out to the PGT leads in Arts & Hums (detailing the change) is forthcoming.
Thank you all SO, SO much for your support and your signatures. Please keep sharing the petition – the more names and complaints we collate, the more likely the deposit will be dropped permanently. Right now we have 1,315 signatures, 200 comments/complaints and 25 individual testimonials on the blog.
With warm thanks,