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HEPI report on the academic experience of students

Thu 7th May, 2009

The Academic Experience of Students in English Universities (2009 report), published today by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) indicates no significant increase in the amount of formal contact time between students and academic staff.

The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) report contains new research which reveals that while there may have been a small increase in the amount of private study that students undertake - and there has been an increase in the number of lessons taught in small groups (6 students or fewer) - there has been no statistically significant increase in the amount of formal contact that students have with academic staff (lectures, seminars and formal laboratory sessions), despite the considerable increase in the levels of fee that students now pay.

The baseline against which the 2009 survey is compared is HEPI's research on the student academic experience (published in 2006 and repeated again in 2007) which asked 15,000 students each year about aspects of their academic experience.

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