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Durham University are planning to introduce lectures starting at 8am

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The University of Durham has angered students by announcing plans they may introduce 8am lectures.

An increase in students numbers by 4,000 over the next 10 years means the prestigious university is having to take temporary measures whilst additional lecture halls are built.

Measures being put forward include business and law undergraduates starting lectures from 8am, something which could start from September and affect around 1000 students.

Durham’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Proffesor Alan Houston, has tried to reassure people who may be concerned, saying the change will only last one year until the new Teaching and Learning Centre opens.

However, the news hasn’t gone down well with the student body or the University and College Union (UCU), who represent lecturers and teaching staff.

Speaking to the BBC, University students union president Megan Croll said: "It seems the university is more concerned about tuition fees than the student experience at Durham.

"The student body has not been consulted at all about this and it appears the university has enrolled too many new students.

"We've been told this is temporary, but we'll have to see what happens.

"Students are suffering because of over ambitious aims to expand the university. This will put extra hours on working days, not just of students but of staff too.

"It's also not just a question of losing out on sleep and other activities, there also has to be some thought about students who will be walking to lectures in the dark. There's a question of safety as well."

UCU have also hit out at the Russell Group university for not consulting them about the change to lecture start times.

A UCU spokesman said: "We have received a number of complaints from members about the change to start some lectures at 8am.

"Those with caring responsibilities are particularly concerned about the implications for them.

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