I had the pleasure of being able to do a radio show on student’s rights for the University of Bedfordshire’s student radio (LaB 97.1FM) and what a welcoming and enjoyable experience it was!
Firstly, not only did I get to talk at length about a subject close to my heart (student rights, student rights, student rights!), but I was interviewed by two incredibly lovely young students who help run the university radio. Their interest in the subject seemed genuine (and if it was not, then they were great at making me feel fascinating). However, as always, doing the show made me realise how much students muddle through academic hearings all alone and hope for the best. It was only in my post recording discussion with some of the students from the university did they let on how little they knew about what options were available to them. They provided anecdotes of friends who had requested extensions to assignment deadlines and still had not heard back from the university as to whether they had been granted, despite the deadline looming. What were they to do, submit the assignment anyway…?
This is a completely unfair and stressful situation for any student to be in. I could already see how this issue could potentially pan out in the next six months…assignment not handed in pending determination of the extension request, graded zero, appeal the decision, appeal rejected, and one incredibly exasperated student walking through my door.
I do wonder if there would be fewer cases to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator if solicitors became involved early on and offered the much needed guidance to students.
Radio LaB 97.1FM is a community radio station that broadcasts throughout Luton and Bedfordshire from the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton campus. To catch my advice, listen in on Saturday 1st February 2014 at 5.30pm.