The National Union of Students calls for more face-to-face time with tutors in seminars and tutorials reports Josephine Rabinowitz for Oxford University’s Cherwell:
The NUS has raised concerns that students are not getting value for money from their university experience.
With this year’s introduction of higher fees of up to £9,000, the issue of whether students are receiving enough contact time is being questioned. The government has taken steps by forcing universities this September to publish information regarding contact-hours for each course, which will form part of the new standardized KIS (key information sets) which prospective students will receive.
However, the NUS have stressed that more than this is needed. Rachel Wenstone, NUS Vice-President, commented, “The quality of education is becoming more and more of an issue. Contact hours don’t mean anything unless they are high quality, and you have a real relationship with your tutors”.
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