Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

If your uni has to make savings and you were in charge, where would you make cuts? Watch

    • TSR Group Staff
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    TSR Group Staff
    Imagine you're in charge of your uni and have to reduce costs. In which areas would you look to make savings?

    Which would you make cuts to first?

    Teaching
    Research
    Student union
    General facilities
    Student support services
    Reduced staffing
    Sport

    We’re doing some quick research to find out whether students are satisfied with the teaching quality at university and if you think you're getting your moneys worth!

    If you're at uni we'd love to hear from you, all respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 5 x £20 Amazon vouchers as a thank you

    Take the short survey now
    • Section Leader
    • Very Important Poster
    • Peer Support Volunteers
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Online

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Section Leader
    Very Important Poster
    Peer Support Volunteers
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    (Original post by MarleyZ)
    If your university has to make cost savings over the next three years, from which areas do you think savings should be found?

    Which would you make cuts to first?

    Teaching
    Research
    Student union
    General facilities
    Student support services
    Reduced staffing
    Sport

    We’re doing some quick research to find out whether students are satisfied with the teaching quality at university and if you think you're getting your moneys worth!

    If you're at uni we'd love to hear from you, all respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 5 x £20 Amazon vouchers as a thank you

    Take the short survey now
    My uni had a free gym membership for all, so i would have got rid of that.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    I'd cut arts and humanities.

    Spoiler:
    Show
    I'm kidding please don't hurt me
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by claireestelle)
    My uni had a free gym membership for all, so i would have got rid of that.
    Ah that's horrible! it must be terribly busy
    • Very Important Poster
    • Study Helper
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Very Important Poster
    Study Helper
    Welcome Squad
    Definitely reduce money spent on sports! (Not that I imagine they spend that much on it anyway...)

    Uni gives almost **** all to SU compared to other unis, and so definitely wouldn't want to cut that spending any further.
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    Definitely reduce money spent on sports! (Not that I imagine they spend that much on it anyway...)

    Uni gives almost **** all to SU compared to other unis, and so definitely wouldn't want to cut that spending any further.
    What why sports? It's the best thing about uni
    • Section Leader
    • Very Important Poster
    • Peer Support Volunteers
    • Clearing and Applications Advisor
    Online

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Section Leader
    Very Important Poster
    Peer Support Volunteers
    Clearing and Applications Advisor
    (Original post by hezzlington)
    Ah that's horrible! it must be terribly busy
    It was pretty busy, they all had free classes on so it must have been costing them a lot.
    • Very Important Poster
    • Study Helper
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Very Important Poster
    Study Helper
    Welcome Squad
    (Original post by hezzlington)
    What why sports? It's the best thing about uni
    Haha, because it's not that important imo for a university to be spending money on (except course related sports stuff...)
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    Haha, because it's not that important imo for a university to be spending money on (except course related sports stuff...)
    Must go to a **** uni at sports
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    Haha, because it's not that important imo for a university to be spending money on (except course related sports stuff...)
    Enrichment!

    Some sporting traditions go back a long way such as the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.

    Students get sports scholarships that give financial aid to high achievers.

    It's really important in my opinion.
    • Very Important Poster
    Online

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Very Important Poster
    All of those things were pretty important so I didn't really know how to rank them
    Offline

    3
    ReputationRep:
    Google PAS and Reading University.

    They have spent £8 million on pwc consultants, set aside £30 million for costs and are sacking or downgrading nearly all the admin services and technical services. They have sacked people like the only glass blowers, and aim to centralise all admin, removing departmental contact.

    At the same time, vast increases in salary for the senior staff who never see a student, and building overseas campus and massive sales of land for housing.

    The students are seen only as revenue not the core business
    • Very Important Poster
    • Study Helper
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Very Important Poster
    Study Helper
    Welcome Squad
    (Original post by BaronK)
    Must go to a **** uni at sports
    No idea because I'm not involved in the sports stuff of it at all...
    (Original post by hezzlington)
    Enrichment!

    Some sporting traditions go back a long way such as the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.

    Students get sports scholarships that give financial aid to high achievers.

    It's really important in my opinion.
    Haha, I don't really give a **** about tradition xD

    I wouldn't put sports scholarships under the sports section of spending though... I'd have that under teaching or student support services rather than sport... as I would any sport related costs which were to do with courses.
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    I believe a lot of the money universities receive they use wisely. I would sell off old books and start renting out rooms to businesses and the public. Possibly cut out sports and societies that don't have enough members etc
    Offline

    9
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by mobbsy91)
    No idea because I'm not involved in the sports stuff of it at all...

    Haha, I don't really give a **** about tradition xD

    I wouldn't put sports scholarships under the sports section of spending though... I'd have that under teaching or student support services rather than sport... as I would any sport related costs which were to do with courses.
    What uni is it? Solent?
    • Very Important Poster
    • Study Helper
    • Welcome Squad
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    Very Important Poster
    Study Helper
    Welcome Squad
    (Original post by BaronK)
    What uni is it? Solent?
    Haha, nope!
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by BaronK)
    Must go to a **** uni at sports
    I have no interest in sports, but I understand how it's important for others. My old uni has a rich tradition of sports, but my own faculty was underfunded with a lack of lecturers and resources, also we weren't allowed to play contact sports so I guess if sports were cut it wouldn't hurt my soul.
    Offline

    17
    ReputationRep:
    useless art (not the study but some things that are bought #durham)
    • Community Assistant
    Offline

    21
    ReputationRep:
    Community Assistant
    (Original post by MarleyZ)
    Imagine you're in charge of your uni and have to reduce costs. In which areas would you look to make savings?

    Which would you make cuts to first?

    Teaching
    Research
    Student union
    General facilities
    Student support services
    Reduced staffing
    Sport

    We’re doing some quick research to find out whether students are satisfied with the teaching quality at university and if you think you're getting your moneys worth!

    If you're at uni we'd love to hear from you, all respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 5 x £20 Amazon vouchers as a thank you

    Take the short survey now
    Sport/extracurriculars and the contribution to the SU should be scaled back to the advise services.

    Reduced staffing is a possibility via increasing the number of self service offerings on things like food and some library services (binding), especially where competition exists.

    (Original post by hezzlington)
    Enrichment!

    Some sporting traditions go back a long way such as the Oxford/Cambridge boat race.

    Students get sports scholarships that give financial aid to high achievers.

    It's really important in my opinion.
    Oxford has revenues of about £3bn per year from patents, Cambridge is the 4th largest land owner in the country. These are not universities which need to make cuts and one of them famously said that they could educate all their students for free if they wished.
    Offline

    18
    ReputationRep:
    Easy: fewer admin staff. 5 intelligent and committed admin staff could do the work of 10 lazy ones, at two thirds of the cost.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    What's your favourite Christmas sweets?
    Useful resources
    Uni match

    Applying to uni?

    Our tool will help you find the perfect course

    Articles:

    Debate and current affairs guidelinesDebate and current affairs wiki

    Quick link:

    Educational debate unanswered threads

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.