Some students will finish lectures well into the evening
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Mohamed Salhi, KCLSU's Vice President for Education raised concerns after he received several complaints from students regarding their 8:30 - 9 pm finishes. According to his Twitter poll, 96 voted to in agreement with the concerns raised - suggesting that the timetabling issues were affecting students from both the Sciences and Arts faculties. The university's Vice President of College, Professor Evelyn Welch allegedly agreed that teaching 'should end at 7 pm the latest.' However, it has not yet been confirmed whether this is due to a timetabling oversight or mistake.
Not a joke, here's an example : pic.twitter.com/44GkRxQcgu— Mohamed Salhi (@kclsu_vpeas) August 13, 2018
TNS has been informed by KCLSU that the timetabling issue is due to students viewing their timetables on their phones while they're abroad and this messes with the time setting. Recently, the SU at Lancaster university released a statement challenging the university's proposal to extend teaching hours to 7 pm everyday except for Wednesdays. They have also published a table of the modules affected by the proposal. The union criticised the move, saying that the proposal would have a negative impact on student commuters, those that 'rely on paid employment to support their studies' as well as students with 'caring responsibilities.' Yet, many of these universities have unveiled ambitious expansion schemes, specifically the University of Lancaster who want to increase their current student population of 12,000 to 17,000 students at the Bailrigg campus by 2025. In order to cater for the growing population, Lancaster is proposing to hold evening classes. Durham University also published its plans to expand its student body 'to a maximum of 21,500' by 2027. Currently, there are approximately 17,505 students at Durham.
I had a meeting with the Provost for Arts and Sciences (Vice President of College) today where I raised this issue.— Mohamed Salhi (@kclsu_vpeas) 15 August 2018
She was equally concerned; teaching should end at 7pm at the latest and has said she will investigate this to find out why lectures have come beyond this time.
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