University offers life scholarship
A leading university has announced it is to offer one student free tuition for life.
Cardiff University has launched an "ultimate scholarship" worth more than £50,000 to one student planning to study at the institution from 2012.
The initiative comes as university tuition fees for English universities are due to triple to a maximum of £9,000.
Many Welsh institutions are also due to raise their fees for students from other parts of the UK, but those from Wales are expected to continue to pay around the current level of £3,000 a year with the Welsh Government paying the balance.
Students applying for Cardiff's new scholarship will have to undergo a series of academic tasks designed to identify the most exceptional circumstances.
To get through to the final selection phase students must also have received and accepted an offer to study at Cardiff next year.
A three-year degree at the university is currently worth around £27,000, but taking into account other qualifications such as an MBA, PhD and professional courses, the scholarship is worth more than £50,000, the institution said.
Louise Casella, director of strategic development at Cardiff University, said: "The university offers a range of bursaries and scholarships and we see the Ultimate Scholarship as an extension of this.
"The challenge provides a fantastic opportunity to an exceptional student who can demonstrate the qualities which we seek in our applicants and which we nurture in our students."