Uni student rages at BBC QT panel over online learning – Were really suffering!

Question Time: University students ‘suffering’ says audience member

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Speaking to the panel at last night’s Question Time episode in Scotland’s largest city, the Glasgow Caledonian University student said online learning is “not cutting it”. “I’m a university student myself, I go to Caledonian, and I really, really feel the people who have come all the way here and paid well over £9,000 and stayed here the whole time to have online lectures,” she explained.

“I’m in university for three years – and I’m in university physically for three hours a week.”

“I don’t pay for university, I’m lucky enough that I don’t, but I’ve come here from the Netherlands, I’ve paid my dues, and I’m in university for three hours.

“The online stuff, they’re trying really hard, but it’s not cutting it.

“What are the Government going to do for university students because we’re really suffering?”

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Guidance from Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Government suggests the 14 universities north of the border should provide online learning for lecture classes of 50 people or more.

It also advised students to wear face masks during classes, as well as while studying in the library.

Small seminar classes can be taught in-person but this will depend on the university subject and will be up to the discretion of the professor teaching it.

Scottish students do not pay for their university education and for some time nor did students from the European Union.

In contrast, students from the rest of the United Kingdom paid the normal rate – £9,250 per year.

From 2021, following Britain’s departure from the Brussels bloc, students from the mainland continent coming to Scotland will pay the higher international rate.

According to data from the Scottish Government, around 8 percent of students at Scottish higher education institutes are domiciled in the EU.

Students from the rest of the UK make up around 12 percent of students – with over 10 percent coming from England alone.

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Fiona Bruce, 57, was joined in Glasgow by the Conservative MP Andrew Bowie, 34, Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar, 38, the SNP’s Holyrood Finance Minister Kate Forbes, 38, actor-turned-independence-campaigner Brian Cox, 75, and executive dean of Edinburgh Business School Heather McGregor, 59.

Next week’s episode of Question Time will see Ms Bruce make the long journey down the M6 from Glasgow to Stockport.

During last night’s episode, she revealed she would be joined in Greater Manchester by ex-Dragons’ Den entrepreneur Jenny Campbell and NatWest chairman Sir Howard Davies.

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