Students and Universities - Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Committee Contents

Memorandum 107

Supplementary evidence from Lucy Davidson[381]


  My peer group at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford consists of 14 female students aged between 26-46 years of age most of whom have small children. The flexible extended nursing course has enabled some of us to be able to access higher education for the first time. After I had attended the above meeting I sought the opinion of my peer group in relation to the questions raised.


Q122.  (Chairman):  What makes a good university experience?

  It was felt that several factors influenced our university experience such as site resources, course delivery, teaching staff, peer group support and financial support (Davidson, 2009).

Q130.  (Chairman):  How much information did you have about your course before starting and were you particularly interested in the course content?

  All students were sent information on their initial application specifying course content, delivery and available resources and following acceptance on to our course this information was reiterated again in writing and verbally (Davidson, 2009).

  As a group we were very interested in what we were committing to (Davidson, 2009).

Q232.  (Mr Marsden):  Was it the course or the university that attracted you?

  It was agreed that it was the course that attracted us to Anglia Ruskin University (Davidson, 2009).

Q233.  (Mr Marsden):  Different levels of education.

  Educational qualifications vary amongst my student group and range from degree level to GCSE level and this has resulted in a diverse group with different learning needs (Davidson, 2009). However, all students have successfully passed all required elements up to this point and received teaching that is appropriate to their learning needs (Davidson, 2009).

Q237.  (Mr Boswell):  Contact hours.

  All students on the extended nursing course are required to attend university or placement for 3-4 days every week (excluding school holidays) for relevant lectures, specific study days or group review meetings (Davidson, 2009).

  Outside of these normal university days students are able to arrange contact time with lecturers for further support and all of the students on my course have been encouraged to seek extra contact time regardless of their previous educational qualifications (Davidson, 2009).

Q250.  (Dr Iddon):  Should lecturers be actively researching their own topic?

  All students agreed that lecturers should be interested in the topic they are teaching and aware of current research (Davidson, 2009).

Q268.  (Ian Stewart):  In the current economic climate is it still worth going to university?

  All students were in agreement that the current climate would not deter them from going to university in fact it probably highlighted the need for higher qualifications (Davidson, 2009).

Q269.  (Ian Stewart):  Should there be a national bursary scheme?

  It was felt that more information was required before reaching a decision as many students were dependent on the nursing bursary in order to pay for childcare and travelling costs (Davidson, 2009).


  Davidson, L. 2009. A Discussion between Bluebell Group Nursing Students and Lucy Davidson at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, at 09.30 on 10 February 2009.

April 2009

381   Nursing Student, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford, following the oral evidence session on 9 February 2009. Back

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