Durham University cancel 8am lectures and student satisfaction falls

AFS Team·15 August 2018·5 min read
Durham University cancel 8am lectures and student satisfaction falls

In the wake of substantial student backlash, Durham University have made the decision to cancel 8am lectures.

According to Durham University, the decision was made after a meeting between students and lecturers took place, during which the early lecture idea was thrown out the window.

This all comes in the wake of a June announcement, when Durham confirmed that law and business would be partaking in 8am lectures in order to deal with the popularity of the course.

The decision was challenged by Durham Student’s Union President, Megan Croll, who argued that there had been absolutely no consultation with students regarding the decision.

There was also a considerable amount of uproar from the Disabilities’ Association, who expressed their ‘great concern’ at the policy, stating that disabled students, who require longer to ready themselves for the day, would find the change extremely difficult.

In conclusion to all of this, Thom Brooks, the dean of Durham University Law School, stated that there had been a change of plan- commenting that lectures would now continue into the evenings, instead of taking place from 8am.

Saul Cahill, the undergraduate academic officer, has expressed his approval of the decision, whilst also stating that it was ‘encouraging’ to see students taking a stand against the decisions of their university.

According to the Times, more and more lectures are taking place later into the evenings, as universities struggle to cope with the demand, despite this, it looks like students are simply not a taking it lying down when it comes to a possible 6am get up.

In other news, the Guardian has confirmed today that student satisfaction is continuing to fall, as strikes and debt eat into student happiness.

According to the survey, some of the most prestigious universities in London are host to the most troubled, upset and disappointed students, with the National Student Survey finding that student satisfaction has dropped by three per cent in the last two years.

As previously mentioned, London was hit hardest.

Only 70 per cent of students at the London School of Economics, a university incredibly high in the rankings, were happy with their course, whilst rates from other fellow Russell Group Universities continue to fall, with Sussex and Durham suffering substantial drops.

There is some positive news; student satisfaction at certain institutions remains high, with St Andrews in Scotland receiving an impressive 94 per cent satisfaction rate, whilst smaller institutions such as colleges and metropolitans are recording high levels.

Despite this, it is clear that student satisfaction may be dropping in the wake of high accommodation fees, small loans, substantial, highly disruptive strikes and an overall drop in student welfare and support.

The survey has also revealed that students feel incredibly dissatisfied with their feedback, with only around 70 per cent of students stating that they were happy with their feedback- whilst many more have stated that they believe the marking to be far too harsh.

According to the chief executive of the Officer for Students, Nicola Dandridge, there are many more issues to properly consider when looking at the causes for the drop in satisfaction; ‘While we have seen overall satisfaction fall by 1%, many questions have maintained their satisfaction levels including the student voice, academic support, learning resources and assessment and feedback questions. While I am pleased to see the overall satisfaction rate remains high, the data shows that there is more work to be done to ensure all students have a high quality and fulfilling experience of higher education.’

Therefore, regarding the drop in student satisfaction, although a small decrease, it is clear that more needs to be done to turn the whole situation around.