Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Growth Sparks Fear for 'Student Experience'

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Growth Sparks Fear for 'Student Experience'

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An influx of students from England and outside the European Union at the University of Glasgow has endangered "good student experience" on campus and reduced course subject options, according to the institution's minutes.

Between 2012 and 2013, the number of students accepted by Glasgow rose 16.5 per cent to 5,135, according to statistics from Ucas.

This "sharp increase in student numbers" was discussed at a university court meeting on 11 December, where it was noted that there "might be some reduction in flexibility of subject choice for students, given what was likely to be a more forward-planned and rigid timetabling/class accommodation system".

Jess McGrellis, the president of Glasgow's Students' Representative Council, demanded at the meeting that action should be taken as "soon as possible to maintain a good student experience" and urged "more creative use of large spaces when they were empty".

Sports, disability, counselling and advisory services were being "reviewed" because of the "current pressures on them arising from high student numbers", the minutes say. …

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