Students don’t get ‘value for money’. But we shouldn’t expect to | Micha Frazer-Carroll

We’ve debated refunds for teaching missed during university strikes. But such a marketisation of education is dangerous

So students don’t feel as though they get good value for money at university? The survey results released by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) last week are hardly surprising. Getting our “money’s worth” is impossible when there’s no simple way to calculate exactly what we pay for. Dissatisfaction should be expected as tuition fee hikes, pension cuts and the teaching excellence framework push higher education as a product students purchase. But beyond this, the very concept of “value for money” is harmful. In utilising it, we buy into all the damaging effects of marketisation.

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