If you are a UK student, lecturer, or indeed, simply watch the news from time to time, you will have heard of the lecturers’ strikes that have been going on for a couple of years. With no pay raise in the last few years and increases in the cost of living and pensions, UK teachers and lecturers alike are bringing home less money than they were before. It’s no surprise, really, that they decided to take actions. What surprises me however, is that the only thing we hear about are these strikes; nothing about negotiations or proposed alternatives. get a free trial of viagra
This short video explains the issue quite clearly, I believe. It is also a good example of how little the public, and I have to assume most of the concerned parties, as well, know about ongoing negotiations. Indeed we just know the University and College Union (UCU) refused a 1% pay rise that they were offered, but nothing about further discussions.
After years of strikes that students tend to wrongly appreciate because it means missing lectures, we suddenly hear about a grading boycott. Again, some students are probably looking forward to it, as it could potentially mean postponed exams. The details are so shady, however that the boycott is only a thought, at the back of our minds throughout most of this last semester. Until the BBC suddenly announces that it is, in fact, going to be a UK-wide action that will start on the 27th of April. First and second years will probably not care that much, but what about the third years? What does this mean for us? Will we get our degrees on time, if at all? Considering the stupid amount of money we’re paying, a stupid amount which almost tripled two years ago, how on earth did we end up in this situation?
Assuming we’re just accepting the increase in fees like the good little students that we are, I still have a question: where is all our money going? Obviously, not where it should, otherwise we wouldn’t be in this situation. From what I can see, at Southampton Solent University, that money is partially (if not totally) used to renovate, improve and build new facilities. Now, does every university needs new, shiny computers and buildings? Probably not. Does Solent needs a new building costing £30 million? As far as I can see, no. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I got to go to university in nicely redecorated buildings, but I certainly didn’t need it. Granted, I used these new computers heavily during my course, but an entire new building is not necessary, especially after all the recent renovations.
As an institution aiming to imbue young people with knowledge, shouldn’t this corporation -and by now, we have to admit it’s become one- take care of its own? And by that I mean the staff without whom any teaching wouldn’t be taking place, because they are teachers. What are your thoughts? Do you think our money should be used on the people that make a university a great educational institution or on the facilities which only strengthen its worth as corporation? cialis generico en venezuela