Student ICE members face a 25% increase in the cost of subscribing to NCE magazine this year, following the Institution’s decision to cut subsidies.
Although membership remains free to all students on accredited undergraduate courses, the ICE has increased the amount charged to those students wishing to receive a weekly copy of NCE magazine and access to its online service from £40 to £50.
An ICE spokesman stated that the rise was approved by the ICE Operations Team in July last year. This team is part of the non-elected secretariat and comprises the ICE’s directors, led by ICE chief operating officer Andy Ruffles.
ICE Council approved an average 2.7% increase in overall membership subscriptions last July. This included a £4 a year rise in graduate membership fees but kept student membership free.
However, the decision to increase the charge for students for NCE by £10 a year was not brought before ICE Council.
The ICE spokesman said that it was unclear whether or not the Council had to be consulted on such a matter.
The new charging structure officially came into force in October 2011 as part of the 2012 subscriptions package which was introduced on 1 January.
This week any member who has not paid their 2012 subscription will see their weekly copy of NCE withdrawn by the ICE as part of the reminder process.
The rise has come as a surprise to the Graduates and Students Network (GSNet), which represents the interests of graduate and student ICE members.
GSNet committee honorary secretary Graham Funnell told NCE that he was unaware of the rise.
But he added that the committee “wouldn’t expect to be consulted on something like [magazine subscription charges]”.
The increase in charge for NCE is the second price hike for students since the annual fee to receive a weekly copy rose from £30 to £40 in 2009.
Last year 378 student members opted to subscribe to NCE.