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Wednesday, 15th May 2013

UK: The Student Academic Experience Survey

Source: Higher Education Policy Institute (UK)/Which?

From Press Release:

A joint study by Which? and HEPI... has produced the most comprehensive research yet into the student academic experience.

The 2013 survey builds on the student surveys first carried out by HEPI in 2006, when the new system of higher education funding was introduced, with the aim of establishing whether, as students paid more, they would receive a “better” academic experience. With fees trebling again in September 2012, this present survey has been conducted during the first year of the new substantially higher fee regime. However, it is important to flag up that although students pay more and might expect to receive more for their money, for the most part universities are no better off, as increased student fees are balanced by reduced government grant. Their ability to make better provision for students has not increased.

With a combined sample of 26,000 students from the 2013 and 2012 surveys, HEPI & Which? have been able to compare the experience of students studying the same subject at one university against another. It also includes the experiences of 3rd and 4th year students for the first time, and the experiences of students at universities in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

As previous HEPI surveys showed, the findings from the 2013 Which?/HEPI survey again reveal that there is no sign that as students pay more they are receiving more for their money, and that is reflected in a sharp increase in the proportion of students who feel that they are not receiving good value for money.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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