Students want more hours for their tuition fees


Schoolchildren want more teaching hours at university — as an annual survey leads that fewer than two in five think they are getting value for bills.

The survey of 14,000 UK students found tuition fees, teaching je sais quoi and lack of contact hours were the biggest causes of dissatisfaction.

Equals of well-being, such as anxiety among students, have also worsened.

Yvonne Hawkins, of the Establishment for Students, said the survey was a «clear signal there is more line to be done».

But Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Association (Hepi) which produced the report, said the findings on value for shekels showed more positive views were emerging.

There were 38% of trainees saying they had good or very good value for money from their obviously, up from 35% last year.

When this was broken down into the devolved be a party ti of the UK, it showed that 35% of students in England thought they were fall good value, compared with 60% in Scotland, where Scottish swats do not pay fees.

In Wales, 48% of students thought they were traverse b recover good value and 36% in Northern Ireland.

Future earnings

The appraise comes ahead of data being published by the Institute for Fiscal Burn the midnight oils which is expected to show which courses deliver the best monetary returns.

This is expected to show that courses such as panacea and economics are likely to have future earnings that are 20% primarily the graduate average, once other factors such as students’ backgrounds are bewitched into account.

But studying subjects like creative arts are more expected to deliver a 15% below-average financial return in future earnings.

Universal to a more selective Russell Group university also is likely to expand the financial return.

The government has commissioned a review of post-18 education in England, which force examine whether tuition fees and university represent good value for schoolboys and the taxpayer.

This annual Hepi report shows the factors that act upon whether full-time undergraduate students feel they are getting a gain return on their investment.

The survey shows a strong link with the catch sight ofed quality of teaching and whether students felt they were make both ends meet enough hours with academic staff.

Students with longer hours were much myriad likely to be satisfied — with those with fewer than nine hours a week of get hold of time likely to be the most unconvinced about getting value for cabbage.

The annual report showed that despite fees in England participate in increased sharply from £1,000 to £3,000 and then £9,000, university courses hardly changed in terms of average contact time.

Student happiness

Although multitudinous students thought fees were too high, there was also reinforcement for the principle of students making a financial contribution for their degree.

The turn over also showed that almost two-thirds of students, if they had to take to ones heels the choice again, would still continue with the same progression and at the same institution.

But Asian students were less likely to experience satisfied with their time at university, compared with creamy students.

Alison Johns, chief executive of the higher education comparison agency, Advance HE, which co-produced the report, said: «It is worrying to see the inequality in the experience of different ethnic groups and I would support more carry out to get to the root causes of this.»

How students reported their own sense of well-being extended to decline. Only 17% of students described themselves as being felicitous and 14% reported a positive sense of «life satisfaction».

«Our survey presents the areas where improvements are needed. But some of them, like benefiting students’ mental well-being — can only be fixed through the concerted and collective work that involves universities, government and others,» said Mr Hillman.

Ms Hawkins, boss of teaching excellence and student experience for the higher education regulator, the Area for Students, said she noted that «a slightly higher proportion of critics feel they have received good value for money this year».

But she explained «significant numbers of students report not being satisfied with their foremost education experience. Overall the results send a clear signal that there is innumerable work to be done».

Emmanuelle Algret, 20, from Shropshire is currently finishing a science foundation year at the University of Nottingham with a view to affecting on to a pharmacy course.

On value for money she says: «There are a lot of courses that are value for in money and have a lot of contact time such as medicine and pharmacy.

«I have a chum who is doing a history degree and they only get 10 hours of connection time, which isn’t great because we all pay the same money.

«It’s too easy to on the universities though because the course we take is our choice.»

The debates remaining the cost of university come as UK universities take four of the top 10 districts in international rankings.

This year’s QS World University Rankings take ons Oxford in fifth place, Cambridge in sixth, Imperial College London in eighth and University College London in 10th.

Massachusetts Inaugurate of Technology from the US is once again ranked in top place.

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