Daniel Johnson writes for the Durham University’s Palatinate on Universities becoming big nusiness and what students should do about it:
Durham students have a famous propensity for getting irate about almost nothing, apart from when their favourite club makes a few changes.
Even the planned protest over 38-week lets has been temporarily shelved, most likely because the DSU fears an embarrassingly sparse turnout. Yet this is not about protest. It is about accepting that universities are becoming more business-like with every passing term, and that it’s about time students used that fact to their advantage.
Unhappy about a lecture? Feel like you haven’t been given enough help with your work? Complain. Ask for a refund. Tell your head of department you don’t think a seminar was worth the money. If you deem it necessary, ask your lecturer to buy you a beverage out of courtesy for their educational shortcomings.
Full article here.