Recent research by HEPI has shown a dramatic rise in the number of students who consider their degree courses to represent poor value for money. Details of the survey can be found in this article by The Guardian.
With university fees now at £9,000 for most first and second year students, these results will come as no surprise to any of us. Personally, I am seeing that young people are now considering university as only one of many options open to them, although it is worrying to hear that so many schools are still pushing it as the only valid destination. And at HE level, it was interesting to see from the recent High Fliers research that the percentage of students who have accessed their university careers service in person has risen 5% in the last year alone – evidence, perhaps, that students are seeking a return on their £9,000 per year investment.