Dear University of Huddersfield,
I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information:
Given the current circumstances with off-campus learning and online teaching - how much of the students tuition fee is being used to better our learning experiences and how much (if any) is not being used? Surely more of our tuition fee will be used if we were to be on campus full-time but since we're not, what is the money being used for?
If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request. If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance.
If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request, my details are outlined below.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to your response.
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Our response to your request for information dated 8 October 2020 is
The elements of what is included in students’ tuition fees is available on
our website at:
Please note that all these elements are still in place namely, the
delivery of excellent teaching and learning. The University continues to
offer blended learning to students and to provide access to all of the
facilities required for their fulfilment of their course. Access to the
University’s highly qualified staff for teaching sessions and guidance
remain in place.
All degree programmes are validated by the University against nationally
agreed subject level benchmarks. Every programme in the UK must comply
with the QAA requirements of 120 credits per year of study. The degree
award is based on students meeting the module and course learning
outcomes. Delivery of teaching on a module can vary but is focused on
delivering the learning outcomes. The University reserves the right to
decide on the most effective and safe way to ensure that the learning
outcomes are achieved and in the current situation the blended learning
approach is the University’s method of choice.
All degree programmes are subject to rigorous quality assurance. Each
programme has an external examiner who acts as an independent assessor of
the standards. Many of the University’s programmes are accredited by
Public Statutory and Regulatory Bodies (PSRBs) who set specific
requirements both in content and performance. Any changes to courses or
delivery patterns must be agreed with the relevant PSRB. The University
ensures that the delivery of all programme of studies meet the required
learning outcomes for all our degrees.
Furthermore, please note that the delivery of on-line teaching and
learning is associated with significant costs. The University has made
significant investment this year in order to deliver the best online
experience to students. This includes, but is not limited to, more
electronic resources for the library, upgrades and implementation of new
learning platforms and systems, purchase of student licences for critical
software, bursaries for students that are experiencing financial
difficulties and upgrade of staff IT equipment and training courses for
staff and students in the new online platforms. Further information is
available on our website.
I hope this satisfies your request. However, if you are dissatisfied with
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Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH or by email to [University of Huddersfield request email].
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University of Huddersfield
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