Students 'short-changed' by universities – Expert

Students in Britain are receiving a “less demanding” experience than those in other European countries, raising serious questions over university standards, it is claimed. Workload is believed to be around a quarter less than the average recommended by the higher education watchdog, writes Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.

Bahram Bekhradnia, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said the average undergraduate in the UK receives just 14 hours a week in “contact time” and has a total workload of less than 30 hours when private study is factored in. Addressing the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference in London on Tuesday, he warned of a “big discrepancy” between universities, with some providing far less work than others in the same subject.

Vice-chancellors should be “seriously concerned about the question of standards”, he said. “There's ample evidence now that universities don't stretch their students enough."
Full report on The Telegraph site