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December 23rd, 2009

Mandelson: Do your degree in two years [Dec. 23rd, 2009|05:37 pm]
Universities face a move towards two-year degree courses as the Government dramatically reduces higher education spending.

The announcement of the cuts, which will see £518m lopped off university funding next year, provoked an outcry from vice-chancellors, students, lecturers and opposition MPs last night.


They're two years anyway!

The first year is getting everyone from varied backgrounds level so the core teaching can start in the second year. I figured this out myself, and when I asked a dean he said I was right.

Also, the first year is used to acclimatise to the expected way of Uni life... where you can learn how to manage your own time - for many people this is the first time they've been away from home and being independent.

Where I was, the first years marks didn't go to the final degree... the lessens got everyone up to speed, and were used to train everyone in the Uni way of life, and finally as a filter to remove those that weren't suitable

Cramming - because that's what it will be - 3 years into 2 will mean something's got to give. Good skills will be even harder to attain.

Two years is just ridiculous.
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Poor and picky [Dec. 23rd, 2009|06:40 pm]
So, is it worth watching Avatar at the pictures?
We've got a cinema near by, no IMAX though, and it's about £6 a ticket. =(

I wonder if it would be possible to sneak food and drinks in, disguised as Christmas presents? -grins- I've heard some places are really cracking down on bringing your own food in, and I rather not pay another £30 on top of the tickets for snacks.
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