Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/337/5665

From The Socialist newspaper, 6 March 2004

Fees UP Teaching hours DOWN Students ANGRY

SUSSEX University students are angry at the lack of teaching hours. One undergraduate said: "People will lose the incentive to come to university. You're barely getting an education. I have one seminar of one and a half hours per week, and every other week I have a lecture. For this I pay £1,125."

Richard Mullin

A Socialist Students public meeting revealed this problem on many courses. "I thought it would be more than a reading list with no teaching hours," said a psychology student. "In retrospect I've come out of university not the wiser but much the poorer."

When I was at university, studying politics, for each course we had a weekly lecture and a weekly seminar, when students could discuss their work with one another. The seminar was always led by a tutor-usually an experienced lecturer.

Normally students took four courses at any one time, giving them around eight hours' contact time a week, to be supplemented by private study. Three years on, a lecture 'and' a seminar are replaced by 'either ...or'. Tutors meanwhile are recruited more and more from the student body itself.

As recently as the early 1990s, not only did students have a grant and no fees to pay, but the size of their seminars was much, much smaller. Seminars, then known as 'tutorials', had at most three students to one tutor.

Today most seminars involve more than 20 students. One Sussex course has 50 students per seminar, and has replaced the tutor with a video.

University of Sussex Socialist Students' termly magazine, The Sussex Socialist links the contact hours issue to issues of higher education funding in general, fees, and the government’s capitalist priorities.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 6 March 2004:

March Against Liars And Occupiers

Strike Against Low Pay

Iraq War Continues To Haunt Blair

Fascists Threaten Socialist Party Stall


Socialist Party news and analysis

Fees UP Teaching hours DOWN Students ANGRY

NUS / AUT nation day of action 25 Feb

Activists Say Build A New Workers' Party

How Socialist Councillors Fought The Cuts

What Socialism Would Mean For Women

Council Tax - Unfair And Regressive


International socialist news and analysis

Haiti: Aristide Forced Out As Us Sends Troops

European Greens Unite - But Are They A Radical Alternative?


 

Home   |   The Socialist 6 March 2004   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Fees:

triangleStudents and workers unite against fees, low pay climate change

triangleTheresa May admits tuition fees system is broken - but plans new attacks on students

triangleTop unis threaten cuts if tuition fees

triangleSocialist Students LJMU victory

triangleNational Union of Students faces bankruptcy

Students:

triangleUCU strikes: Union means business in fight against employers

triangleFighting for free education, jobs, homes, and a future worth living

triangleUCU votes for pay and pension strikes

triangleSouthampton Socialist Party & Socialist Students: Socialism, what we stand for

University:

triangleYork freshers success

triangleFreshers fairs 2019: Impatience for change and determination to fight

triangleHow students can fight and win

Sussex:

triangleNationalisation is answer to Southern Water cover up

triangleFreshers fairs: socialist ideas chime with students

Socialist Students:

triangleGreen Party offers no alternative for young people and climate change chaos

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

13/11/19

Postal workers

Postal union determined to resist bosses' attacks

13/11/19

Socialist Party

I'm 90 and still a socialist

13/11/19

UCU

UCU strikes: Union means business in fight against employers

13/11/19

PCS

General secretary election: Enthusiastic support for Marion Lloyd

13/11/19

Socialism

Socialism 2019 - what you thought

13/11/19

Mansfield

We saved Chatsworth Ward - two years on

13/11/19

Fighting Fund

Help socialist ideas spread this election: donate!

13/11/19

Barking

Barking: protest brings pledge to remove dangerous decking

13/11/19

Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance

Trade union conference to force secret police disclosure

13/11/19

Climate change

Socialism 2019 rally: "Socialist change needed to end climate change"

13/11/19

Leicester

Leicester campaigns to save our NHS

13/11/19

Museums

Bradford libraries and museums: Unite members escalate action against cuts

13/11/19

NHS

Frimley NHS Trust strikes: Health workers walkout against privatisation

13/11/19

Workers

'McStrikers' demand £15 an hour

13/11/19

Socialist Students

Fighting for free education, jobs, homes, and a future worth living

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999