Today Which? and HEPI have released the results of a study based on 17,000 of our student panelists. You have helped to reveal variations in the amount and type of scheduled teaching at universities. The research has shown that students studying the same subject at different universities receiving as much as double the amount of contact hours.
Students at some universities study for an average of just 20 hours a week, while others are working for 40 hours or more.
The amount of contact time has a major impact on whether you feel your course offers value for money. Of those receiving 0-9 hours of contact per week, 30% of first-year students said their course didn’t offer value for money, compared with 10% for those with 15-24 hours per week.
University contact hours as a whole have risen by only 18 minutes per week to 14 hours on average since 2006, despite the nine-fold increase in tuition fees in England – now up to £9,000 per year – over that period. This has lead to almost one in three first year students at UK universities believing their course is not good value for money.