Students don’t believe university offers value for moneyPosted: 4th of June 2015 by
A survey of 15,000 UK university students carried out by the Higher Education Policy Institute and the Higher Education Academy has found that more than a third would have chosen a different course and less than half of them said that they thought their course was good value for money.
The survey showed that on average undergraduates are getting 12 hours of contact (teaching) time a week, with most of their time being spent on ‘independent study’.
For many undergraduates who have upped sticks and moved away from home to study and are paying rents that are in many cases not covered by the maintenance grants that they receive, this is a real problem, with some of them complaining that they are paying a fortune in rent to attend university and that given that most of their time is spent working independently, they may as well have stayed at home.
Added to this the survey showed that a high number of students did not feel supported in their independent study.
Asked where cuts in spending should be made, students suggested that there should be less spend on sports facilities and new buildings but not teaching and learning facilities.
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