Always a core question – how many hours should a student be working – we worked it at 150 hours per module in my last University, of which around 36 per semester were likely to be taught sessions, plus some tutorial time, with the rest deemed self-focused learning:

If some students worked only half the hours of their counterparts at rival universities, he asked, “is it plausible that they’ve achieved the same outcomes by the end of the study?” He added: “It may be plausible. It could be that a student in one university is brilliant and needs to do less study than another.”

But the 2007 edition of Hepi’s student academic experience report had found no evidence that students with more entry tariff points could thrive by doing less work, he said.

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