But it has been known for some time that diverting time away from studying has a negative effect. In 2005 a survey of 1,500 students across seven UK universities for Universities UK and HEFCE by the Centre for Higher Education Research and Information (CHERI) and London South Bank University (‘Survey of higher education students’ attitudes to debt and term-time working and their impact on attainment’) concluded that “For a student working 16 hours a week the odds of getting a good degree (i.e. 2(i) and above) to not getting a good degree are about 60% of the odds for a similar non-working student”. A similar study three years later ‘The impact of term‐time employment on higher education students’ academic attainment and achievement’ in the Journal of Education Policy (Volume 23, 2008 - Issue 4) by Claire Callender of University College London, Institute of Education “Just engaging in term-time employment is likely to depress students’ degree results.”
- Increasing hardship funds and fast-tracking applications alongside emergency cash payments.
- Help with the repatriation of international students or finding alternative accommodation.
- Furloughing students they employ and /or ensuring income over the summer. This was sometimes accompanied by contacting local employers of students with advice on achieving this.
- More worrying was the need to deploy food packages, food banks and food vouchers.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics. He has served on the Senate and Finance and planning committee of a Russell Group University
**NOTE 2: Cubie Review (Student Finance ‘Fairness for the Future’, the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance’, 1999). Cited in ‘Student financial support in Scotland: independent review’ 2017. “Why 10 hours of work? We believe it is fair to assume that the Minimum Student Income can still be augmented by employment or other sources. In order to protect the interests of students and to support them to study effectively, the Review supports the recommendations from the Cubie Review – which advised that employment for students should be for no more than ten hours a week during term time (Student Finance ‘Fairness for the Future’, the Independent Committee of Inquiry into Student Finance)”.