As the first cohort of students who had to pay £9,000 per year in University fees graduate this year, I wonder how they found their University experience, was it value for money? Are they more consumer savvy?
The fees certainly have not impacted the numbers applying for places at Universities, as was initially predicted. However, with fees now at an all-time high it comes as no surprise that students are seeing their relationship with the University in more commercial terms. Students are becoming increasingly confident about voicing their concerns when things do not appear to a standard they would expect. Students are now seeing their relationship with their University as more of a contractual relationship. In truth it always was a contractual relationship, however by previously not being involved in the financial aspect of the transaction, students were less inclined to see the contractual element of their relationship with the University.
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