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Glasgow students told ‘not to come back’ after summer break


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.’


Readers' comments (2)

  • I am currently a second year student at Strathclyde, whilst this concerns me as it may affect me next year, i also feel it could give students the chance to get vital life/architectural experience, which they possibly wish to pursue on a personal basis ie (traveling).

    On the other hand, it could lead to students doing little for a year and losing rather than gaining.

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  • At the start of year three of my studies at the University of Strathclyde I was told that the university could not send me on an exchange with a French university as I had been hoping.

    Not wanting to miss out on the opportunity to travel and use the language I had been learning for so long, I decided to go there myself.

    I spent six months working in France. I did not teach surfing but I did teach Climbing, Fencing, Archery, French and I also went on excursions to lots of medieval towns. At the end of the season I had saved enough to go and do a months voluntary internship in an architects office in Ghana (West Africa). I worked there on affordable, sustainable housing which the year before I had been frustrated to find very little about in any library or book.

    My year out was great, I had fun, I learned a lot and think its clear that I have shown initiative. I urge others to do the same.

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