Students at top universities boycotting satisfaction surveys as protest

Students at some of the UK’s top universities have snubbed the 2017 National Student Survey to try and prevent the government from using the results to justify rising tuition fees.
 
Data from Oxford, Cambridge, Sheffield, Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, University College London and King’s College London will all be missing from this year’s results, as less than half of the students eligible to vote responded.
 
The National Union of Students called on students to boycott the audit of 300,000 undergraduate students after the Government released a plan to use the data collected to rank universities in a new-style league table, with the highest performing universities permitted to charge the maximum amount.
 
Earlier this year, it was revealed that more than half of the UK’s top universities had actually failed to achieve the highest award in the new league table, based on the quality of their teaching.

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The average graduating student now leaves university with a debt of around £44,000

The UK’s universities minister said that the new framework would ensure that students received “value for money” from their degrees, but the Union of Students have accused the government of “manipulating student feedback to create a false market and justify fee rises”.
 
The average graduating student now leaves university with a debt of around £44,000, and if universities are able to raise fees in line with inflation this will inevitably go up.
 
This is coupled with a 6.1% interest rate on student loans, meaning that many students will have incurred an additional £5,000 in interest debt before they graduate.

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