Canvas, the global virtual learning environment (VLE) for academic institutions and companies, has revealed as part of its recent study that just 30 per cent of current undergraduates believe they are getting their money’s worth from their degree course, and with the certainty of tuition fees set to rise again by next year, the figure falls to 21 per cent among sixth formers who are considering their next move.
The research indicates that students believe higher education curricula should be equipping them for the world of work, but universities are falling short of expectations. The study finds that 31 per cent of undergraduates believe their studies are relevant to the workplace, and 23 per cent say their course is doing little to prepare them for work.
These particular findings are far from the expectations of sixth formers who want to come out of their degree ready for the workplace, with 55 per cent of students admittedly searching for courses developed in close partnership with employers, and with the ability to collaborate with them directly.
Director of higher education at Canvas, Kenny Nicholl, commented: “Too many current and future undergraduates feel that they’re not being prepared for employment, and as a result few believe their degree provides value for money. It is up to universities to bridge this gap by ensuring students have the skills and knowledge to thrive in the modern workforce. This means being tech-savvy and able to embrace continuous learning.”
Furthermore, the research highlights just how important gaining employment upon graduation is when choosing a university, with 41 per cent citing ’employability’ as a crucial factor in their decision.