The Independent is reporting that only 37% of higher education students feel they are getting value for money, a new survey has revealed.
The Hepi-HEA survey – which takes into account the views of over 15,000 full-time undergraduates – has shown perceptions of “good value for money” have fallen in all four parts of the UK, from 53 per cent in 2012, to 37 per cent today. However, the lowest has been recorded in England where graduates are now paying back more than any other anglophone nation.
Nick Hillman, director of Hepi, has said: “Universities and the Government both want to see tuition fees increase, but students are strongly opposed to this. If the politicians are to deliver the extra cash universities say is necessary for delivering a top-notch student experience, they need more covering fire from the HE sector itself. Specifically, universities must show how any extra fee income will directly benefit their students.”
Speaking at Hepi’s annual conference on Thursday, Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, will say: “As students now expect to meet more of the costs of their education through their future earnings, they rightly have a sharper eye for value, and higher expectations of quality.”
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