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Some Birmingham uni classes will finish at 7 pm

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Birmingham uni has joined several other institutions in extending teaching hours past 6 pm.

Yesterday, a Masters student received module teaching hours for the Historical Methods module via the University of Birmingham’s online learning portal Canvas.

The Historical Methods module, one of four compulsory modules on the course, counts for 20 credits.

According to the Canvas page, for campus-based learners, teaching will take place on Thursdays between 5 pm and 8 pm in the autumn semester. The session includes a one hour lecture until 6 pm followed by a seminar session. 

Speaking exclusively to TNS, the student who is set to begin an MA in Contemporary History was not impressed with the change:

“I don’t know how they expect people to be there at that time and to be working at full capacity, after a full day of university, maybe doing other society stuff, sports, or gym time."

“8 pm is not a reasonable time to still be in university."

A UoB spokesperson revealed that teaching ends at 7 pm lastest. The Historical Methods module will run on Thursdays from 5-7 pm, they clarified that the 8 pm was a timetabling mistake. 

We can also reveal that another Birmingham student allegedly finished their lectures at 8 pm in the academic year 2016/2017.

The student, who was a fresher at the time, studied German Level 1 as their Widening Horizons module. The seminar class took place every Thursday in the Arts building on campus, ending at 8 pm.

Since the seminar ran in the autumn term, students had to walk home in the dark following teaching hours.

“I found it quite inconvenient because it made my day way too long, as I was in already from 9 am and I had lectures and tutorials throughout the day, so my only free time was the university lunchtime and from 4 pm to6 pm.

"Luckily, the teacher that taught the seminar had another class at 4pm-6pm, which I changed to in the second semester," the student told us.

University of Birmingham Guild Education Officer, Adam Goldstone confirmed that the standard teaching week is 9 am to 7 pm between Monday and Thursday, and 9 am to 6 pm on Fridays.

“As I understand it, this isn’t supposed to happen."

Birmingham uni joins several other British institutions in extending their teaching hours past 6 pm to cope with the high volume of students on each course. The University of East Anglia and Brunel University of London already run lectures until 8 pm.

Earlier this week, TNS revealed that Lancaster sabbs will protest the teaching hour changes in an upcoming open day. The university is proposing 7 pm finishes in order to cope with student growth and increased demand for teaching spaces.

The changes, according to the students’ union, are likely to affect disabled and part-time students, as well as members of student union societies and sports teams.

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