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Is £9,000 for university value for money?

5th July 2012

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In a few months time thousands of students across the country will be charged £9000 per year for their courses.

They should be concerned not only because they will be in a lot of debt by the time they graduate, but also about the value for money of the degrees.

Whilst at university I am never in for more than 10 hours a week. At one point last year I was in for one hour a week.

Personally, I feel this does not justify charging the current rate of £3,375 annual tuition fee, never mind £9,000. I understand students are meant to carry out private study in the library in that time, which I do, but I’m also undertaking independent study at home more regularly now. The free periods I have mean I can spend extra time reading books and journals and writing my assignments.

This is not just the case for my courses. A friend of mine studies Business Studies and is in a similar situation.

He claims that at times his lectures are cancelled and classes are told to work on assignments. Again, individual study is important, but £9,000 to use a library for a year isn’t very economical in my opinion.

To be fair to universities, they provide a lot of services for students. They have large libraries, catering outlets, student accommodation and advice centres.

The lecturers are experts in their field of study and are happy to help students. Many higher education institutions are losing their funding, so they need to raise their fees to survive.

I just think it’s unfair that every course at the institution is £9,000, when every degree uses the university differently.

Science students, for example, will use on-site laboratories etc. more frequently than a student studying social work, midwifery or nursing, who go on extended placements outside university.

I really enjoy university nonetheless. When I am in lectures I take a lot from them and they provide lots of useful information.

I just wish I had longer teaching hours so the money I will be paying goes further.

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