Why Students as Producers is the initiative every university needs to take up
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In today’s society, we are seeing more and more a culture of the student as a consumer: students are making the decision to put themselves into thousands of pounds of debt so expect results. This atmosphere of “I give so I get” is creating a hostile university environment; lecturers are feeling pressured by their students, and students are feeling pressured by their financial constraints and deepening expectations. Ultimately, we are creating an environment where academics are isolated by their anxieties; students and staff are moving away from working as a collective in preference of a philosophy of “getting my head down”. The university experience, in my opinion, is supposed to be one of developing; individually, collectively, academically, personally, emotionally, for some even spiritually. It’s about breaking boundaries which you didn’t even realise existed. It’s about collaborating with and meeting the kinds of people you’ve only read about in books or on Twitter. It’s about sharing ideas, working out which ideas you like and which you don’t, and exploring the opportunities which stem from them. It’s about networking, philosophising, disappointment, and delight. This is where initiatives like Students as Producers come in.
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