Manchester Uni backs down on reduced contact hours

Disgruntled law students in Manchester have managed to temporarily call a halt their university’s plans to slash lecture hours.

Disgruntled law students in Manchester have managed to temporarily call a halt their university’s plans to slash lecture hours.

Manchester University Law Society (MULS) launched a protest on Facebook after the university’s Board of Law voted in favour of cutting contact hours from 30 to 20 per module in March without consulting students first.

MULS president Kyle Soo said: “We couldn’t believe they had started to put plans in place without even consulting us on actions which fundamentally would effect our education.”

The decision to reduce lecture hours has now been put back a year. Director of external communications Dinah Crystal said: “We aren’t making changes to the number of contact hours and we’re carrying out a review of undergraduate teaching over a period of six months and student representatives will be part of the review group.”

Meanwhile, Birmingham University Law Society has launched a 300 signature petition to reject university plans to close the Harding Law Library.

Law society president Chris Snell said: “The law library is not only a life-line to students but it is a place to meet other law students.”

A spokesperson for the university said: “After an official university review, it was decided that the collections and services within a number of university libraries (including the Harding Library) would, over a period of time, be transferred to the university’s main library.”