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    I'm looking for input to help me with a job interview and would really like feedback from students currently studying in higher education. Let me know the main issues you've faced, so far, this academic year; where did you go for advice or support? Do you feel your higher education institution provides you with the right kind of support? What more could your HEI do for you?

    All comments on this topic would be extremely appreciated.

    Thanks from an old-timer student from the 90s.

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    Not in HE anymore but surely the main issue is debt, exacerbated by the abolition of maintenance grants to poorer students.
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    I totally agree. The financial impact of higher education was a big concern for me when I was a student. I wonder how many people have dismissed HE purely due to the amount of debt they would acquire?

    Is the cost of higher education too overwhelming these days or are today's students becoming more commercially savvy? For example, are more students choosing subjects that are most likely to lead to the highest paid jobs?
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    (Original post by Overthehill77)
    I'm looking for input to help me with a job interview and would really like feedback from students currently studying in higher education. Let me know the main issues you've faced, so far, this academic year; where did you go for advice or support? Do you feel your higher education institution provides you with the right kind of support? What more could your HEI do for you?

    All comments on this topic would be extremely appreciated.

    Thanks from an old-timer student from the 90s.

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    I reckon it's feminism
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    (Original post by FNPC II)
    I reckon it's feminism
    Can you expand on that for me? From what perspective do you see Feminism as one of the main issues?
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    Maintenance loan dilema.

    Just because your parents may be well off, doesn't mean you are, and they may refuse to help you out money-wise.
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    (Original post by FNPC II)
    Feminism is something which nowadays encompasses a lot of extreme liberalism, it's very common in American universities and is spreading over here through things like supocial media, mainly YouTube, tumblr and Twitter. It teaches closed thought and a lack of personal strength, I will expand...

    These people are taught that they need to hide behind a group, that they aren't strong and independent human beings, even though they are. They are told they are violated and harassed so much, they they start to believe it's really true. They have desensitised the words harrassment and rape so that real victims are left feeling like just another one In the pot, and are less likely to speak out because of this. This is made worse but the vast amount of false rape allegations (Especially in the US).

    The initial meaning of the feminist movement was to make women have equal rights to men, this has now been achieved in western countries, so now, they should start helping people in countries such as Uganda or Afghanistan were women are genuinely oppressed. Notice how now gender equality has been achieved, they have got bored and started focusing on other things, they want yo feel outside the social norms, and so now have created about 400000 genders, save spaces and man hating groups, just because they want attention and to be different.
    I think I can see your concerns. Have you experienced this sort of "extremism" whilst studying? I have seen a lot of references to the concept of "safe space" at Universities but I am unsure if this is something that the media is exaggerating. Do you feel the issue you have raised is connected to this notion of "safe space"?
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    [QUOTE=Nirvana1989-1994;69399648]Maintenance loan dilema.

    Just because your parents may be well off, doesn't mean you are, and they may refuse to help you out money-wise.[/QUOTE

    Is the maintenance loan, still a debt that has to be paid back, as opposed to a "grant"? I didn't realise that some loans may only be made available to students from low income families?

    What are students doing to cover increased tuition fees and living costs?

    Has your HE been supportive or been able to give you advice that has helped you with your finance issues?
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    Maintenance loan dilema.

    Just because your parents may be well off, doesn't mean you are, and they may refuse to help you out money-wise.[/QUOTE

    Is the maintenance loan, still a debt that has to be paid back, as opposed to a "grant"? I didn't realise that some loans may only be made available to students from low income families?

    What are students doing to cover increased tuition fees and living costs?

    Has your HE been supportive or been able to give you advice that has helped you with your finance issues?
    As a student from a low income background studying in London I get 9000 for tuition and 10702 for maintenance which I pay back.

    My biggest issue is freedom of speech and ideas on university campuses
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    (Original post by CPNC Backwards)
    Hey it's me again, the mods deleted my account for some reason XD

    Yeah I have been affected by this, been called things for having different opinions. They are much like the mods really, abuse their power to shut you down if they don't like your opinions.

    If you have time, go on YouTube and type in Lauren Southern slutwalk, some really INteresting vids.
    Lauren southern is brilliant
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    (Original post by niteninja1)
    Lauren southern is brilliant

    Kid, she is really Good looking, really clever and really funny
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    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)
    Maintenance loan dilema.

    Just because your parents may be well off, doesn't mean you are, and they may refuse to help you out money-wise.[/QUOTE

    Is the maintenance loan, still a debt that has to be paid back, as opposed to a "grant"? I didn't realise that some loans may only be made available to students from low income families?

    What are students doing to cover increased tuition fees and living costs?

    Has your HE been supportive or been able to give you advice that has helped you with your finance issues?
    Yep. Most loans are only available to students from low-income families. The maintenance loan is available to all full-time students.

    Working lol.

    I'm not in HE yet, but it still concerns me that it's going to be so expensive.

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    (Original post by Overthehill77)

    As a student from a low income background studying in London I get 9000 for tuition and 10702 for maintenance which I pay back.

    My biggest issue is freedom of speech and ideas on university campuses
    Good for you....
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    [QUOTE=Nirvana1989-1994;69401174][QUOTE=Overthehill77;69400526]

    Yep. Most loans are only available to students from low-income families. The maintenance loan is available to all full-time students.

    Working lol.

    I'm not in HE yet, but it still concerns me that it's going to be so expensive.

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    Good for you....
    I think it should be a huge concern for our society and the economy that students are getting into such large amounts of debt. Out of interest how many hours do you work and do your earnings enable you to put any money aside for your education or are you only able to fund your social / living costs?
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    (Original post by Overthehill77)

    Yep. Most loans are only available to students from low-income families. The maintenance loan is available to all full-time students.

    Working lol.

    I'm not in HE yet, but it still concerns me that it's going to be so expensive.



    I think it should be a huge concern for our society and the economy that students are getting into such large amounts of debt. Out of interest how many hours do you work and do your earnings enable you to put any money aside for your education or are you only able to fund your social / living costs?
    Were you meant to quote me??

    Anyway, I think it is a concern, but most people don't pay all of their loan back, so, I dunno...

    I work 4 hours at the moment, but I get more when I ask. I'm not in HE yet, but I obviously still have a social life lol, and I need to set money aside for that. My parents give me some money too, in return for doing chores. I also have to pay bus fair, which is always increasing.
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    [QUOTE=Nirvana1989-1994;69401672][QUOTE=Overthehill77;69401588]
    (Original post by Nirvana1989-1994)

    Were you meant to quote me??

    Anyway, I think it is a concern, but most people don't pay all of their loan back, so, I dunno...

    I work 4 hours at the moment, but I get more when I ask. I'm not in HE yet, but I obviously still have a social life lol, and I need to set money aside for that. My parents give me some money too, in return for doing chores. I also have to pay bus fair, which is always increasing.
    Sorry, I'm new to this forum. I'm not all that savvy yet! Well, I really wish you well and hope you get a job that you love doing.
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    (Original post by Overthehill77)

    Sorry, I'm new to this forum. I'm not all that savvy yet! Well, I really wish you well and hope you get a job that you love doing.
    Erm.....thanks. :erm:
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    The fees and loans are a non-issue. The maintanance loan is more than enough to live on for any sensible person, students only moan about it because they just waste all of it on luxuries and end up with nothing left for food and rent.

    The real problem is this whole authoritarian "safe-space" culture brought about by those on the far-left. Freedom of speech just does not exist in universities and if you say just one thing that isn't perfectly politically correct then the left-wing bullies will demonise you.
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    Len, are you a student? Are you currently living on a maintenance loan? Do you think it will be easy for people to pay back a debt of £30,000.00 plus once they gain full-time employment?

    I really want to hear from students in higher education now, to understand what their views are.
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    (Original post by Overthehill77)
    Len, are you a student? Are you currently living on a maintenance loan? Do you think it will be easy for people to pay back a debt of £30,000.00 plus once they gain full-time employment?

    I really want to hear from students in higher education now, to understand what their views are.
    WHat sort of job are you applying for - the issues that affect students as it applies to you job will vary enormously between different roles.
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    (Original post by Overthehill77)

    Yep. Most loans are only available to students from low-income families. The maintenance loan is available to all full-time students.

    Working lol.

    I'm not in HE yet, but it still concerns me that it's going to be so expensive.



    I think it should be a huge concern for our society and the economy that students are getting into such large amounts of debt. Out of interest how many hours do you work and do your earnings enable you to put any money aside for your education or are you only able to fund your social / living costs?
    I don't care how much I borrow it's not a debt it is graduation tax
 
 
 
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