General Article Survey of 17,000 students finds huge variation in teaching within subjects

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In the new high fees environment, do students get value for money? 17,000 student interviews by YouthSight help Which? and the Higher Education Policy Institute answer this important question.

Students at some universities study for an average of just 20 hours a week, while others are working for 40 hours or more, new research by Which? and the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI), reveals. Their survey, 2013 Student Academic Experience was based on interviews with 17,000 full-time students. Fieldwork services including all 17,000 of the interviews conducted were provided by YouthSight via their OpinionPanel Community, the UK’s largest youth and student research panel.

Survey findings reveal huge variations in the amount and type of scheduled teaching at UK universities. For example, among students studying maths, contact time varied from 13 to 22 hours per week, depending on the university. One of the study’s key findings showed that 29% of students said their course was not ...

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