Third-year students at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, have been told to ‘do anything, but don’t come back here’ after this year’s summer break
Among the suggestions offered by the school of architecture was for students to teach surfing in Australia.
Many Part One students had been hoping to continue with their studies at the university after being unable to find year-out work experience placements due to the impact of the credit crunch on practices.
However, the university told students that if a significant number decided to stay on it would put pressure on resources. It proposed they look at filling their year any way they can.
One of the students, who had attended an informal meeting held by staff for year-three and year-five students, said. ‘It was a feeling of disillusionment. People interpreted it as a “Don’t come back” message.’
Head of Strathclyde University’s school of architecture Gordon Murray felt that the actions were justified and that taking time out would ‘better equip’ students for their fourth year. He said: ‘We advised against returning in the case of year three.
‘All schools recognise, with evidence to back it up, that students who spend time out after year three – gaining life experiences – return as better students and improved in themselves.’