At a time where tuition fees have been increasing for us and grants are transforming into loans this would be an insulting use of the University’s funding.
At a conservative estimate of tuition fees being £9000 and living expenses (Housing, food and bills) being £400 a month, the cost of these scholarships would be £828,000 over the 3 years of study for 20 students.
The opportunity cost of this money is huge , from funding a 24/7 all year round library to generally improving academic and sport related facilities, the money which the University would be using for these scholarships could go towards improving the quality of everything for current students.
Offering this money to Syrian refugees giving them a free ride on the back of the money we are paying the University of Portsmouth is a gross betrayal of the students’ trust, we are paying for our own education, not for other peoples. This is an unfair proposal which has been put forward to the University being decided by a select few, this is a tyranny of the minority.
This process is highly unrepresentative of a large silent majority within the University, this proposal put forward to offer these scholarships using money which could instead be invested to benefit the current and future students of the University of Portsmouth is simply wrong. Finally there is the big question of why offer the scholarship to refugees from the Middle East at all, as an academic institution we have no moral obligation to aide these people.
Fee paying students of the university for self-betterment and for the high standards this University provides, not to carry others through university on the backs of our bank accounts. If the University insists on using this money implementing scholarships, then I propose they use it to finance the less well off in our own society or local area before aiding internationally