A report from the National Union of Students (NUS) released last month said university students feel that an increase in 2013 enrolments and university fees have resulted in student anxiety and a lack of support in the classroom.
Australian Catholic University student, Amelia Hatton, in her first year of study said that she was already feeling anxious about how she was going to balance her work, social life and study.
“I already feel like I have too many assignments and am struggling to balance it all with work. University isn’t like school and it’s easy to feel lost in the crowd at lectures,” she said.
“Student unions are vital in helping students to feel supported while studying. The government needs to maintain funding in student representation,” said University of Western Sydney lecturer Bradley Mark.
“Class sizes, in tutorials need to stay small so that lecturers can oversee the workloads and the way that students are coping,” he said.
The federal government office for tertiary education, said that initiatives like Centrelink’s Youth Allowance provided financial help for students so that they would not have to work so much and could concentrate on their studies but many students claim that this is simply not enough to get by.
“Students continue to face increased rent and class fees but the Centrelink payments haven’t changed and the threshold for what we can earn to even get those payments is too low,” said Miss Hatton. – Jordan Cox
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