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Shorter degrees to improve job access

24 Sep 2007

Shorter degrees to improve job access Cutting the duration of Scottish university degrees from four years to two could improve students' job opportunities on graduating, it has been argued this week.

The government is considering introducing greater flexibility to universities in the country, allowing less restricted access to learning, according to the Scotsman newspaper.

Student representatives have put forward the case for shorter degree courses through the introduction of evening and holiday classes. At present, most classes finish by 5pm.

This, they suggest, would reduce student spending and allow a swifter progression to graduate employment.

The newspaper cited a graduate of Stirling University, Kevin Morris: "A lot of my time was spent whiling away the days, which is quite frustrating when you could be getting on with your degree and getting more quickly on to the job market. I now have four years of debt and if I could have cut that to two it would have been great."

News that students are looking to start paying off debts corresponds with the Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) findings in its 2007 Student Living Index that two in five British students work part-time to earn extra money.

St Andrews University in Scotland recently reached the top of the Times Good University Guide 2008 league table for Scotland, with Edinburgh University coming in second place.

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