Students complain over new 8am starts for lectures as Durham University struggles to cope with increased numbers
- Durham University is introducing 8am lectures for law and business students
- It has made the move as it is struggling to cope with increased student numbers
- However, the new early start was met with criticism by many Durham students
A leading university is introducing 8am lectures because it has so many students.
Durham, which is part of the elite Russell Group, say undergraduates in its business and law schools will have some lectures timetabled outside regular hours.
‘There is nothing we as a department can do about this, it is beyond our control,’ said the director of undergraduate studies in the law department.
He said the changes were the result of ‘the increased number of students and the pressure this puts on timetabling and rooms’.
The new early start was met with criticism by many Durham students. Stock picture of University College at Durham University
Undergraduates in the university’s business and law schools will have some lectures timetabled outside regular hours. Stock picture
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The autumn intake for the subjects this year is so large that the year groups have had to be separated into two different teaching slots. One of the cohort swill have to start outside of normal teaching hours.
The early start was met with criticism by many Durham students.
Celine Delal Kart, a first year law student told Palatinate, the university’s student newspaper: ‘It feels like this is a stab in the dark. I’d understand if it affected one or two of my modules, but it’s half of them.
‘The time we’re expected to dedicate to reading, internships, CV building, extra curricular and independent study will undoubtedly be further influenced by this, as it’s difficult to sustain an effective work mode when fatigued’.
The university decided to introduce 8am lectures as it was struggling to cope with demand. Stock picture
A Durham University spokesman said: ‘We know 8am lectures or splitting up student groups are not ideal solutions – for either students or staff – but these arrangements are temporary. After 2018/19, the new teaching building – with its large lecture theatre – will ease the pressure on demand for our 300-seater teaching spaces.’
The announcement comes after neurological research suggested early mornings interfere with young adults’ body clocks.
According to the Open University study, lectures should start no earlier than 11am for students to be able to perform at their best. The experts advised 9am lectures should be scrapped.
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