Sunday, March 12, 2023

Price of Education taking its Toll.

One in five students at Russell Group universities are considering dropping out because of the cost of living crisis, and a quarter are regularly going without food and other essentials, the Observer can reveal.

In the largest study of its kind, new research by the Russell Group Students’ Unions – which represents 24 of Britain’s most elite higher education institutions, including Oxbridge, UCL and Edinburgh – for the first time lays bare the devastating impact soaring prices are having on all but the richest students.

More than half of those surveyed said their academic performance had suffered as a result of the cost of living crisis. Students reported having to take on additional paid work to cover costs, concentration issues caused by poor nourishment and financial stress, and skipping lectures because they couldn’t afford travel fares.

Researchers said unless urgent action is taken, the damage being done by the crisis could lead to universities being “only open to the most privileged” – undoing decades of progress on broadening higher education access.

1 comment:

This Wreckage said...

"One in five students at Russell Group universities are considering dropping out" is the kind of clickbait nonsense that any sensible reader should ignore and move on. File it with "1/5 teachers are considering leaving their posts at the end of the school year" and "1/5 nurses", etc. Statistics showing reductions in student numbers and research showing genuine poverty as the reason would be useful but not this.