Bored students are ‘partying too much’

Daily Star, 30.07.15, students are being driven to drink and partying by "easy" degrees, an education chief has claimed. HMC General Secretary, Dr William Richardson is quoted.

Low teaching hours in subjects like humanities and social science have been reportedly blamed for a growing drinking culture among young adults attending university.

William Richardson, general secretary of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC) said first year students have an "unreasonable expectation of entitlement" to a 2:1 degree.

This causes them to slack off during studies, he told the Daily Telegraph.

Student unions were encouraged to "stamp out" risky initiation ceremonies to student societies, Mr Richardson said.

It comes after the National Union of Students (NUS) slammed universities for failing to tackle a worsening drink culture among students.

Mr Richardson said first year students are more vulnerable to drink more by universities due to low contact hours and dangerous activities.

He said: "It cannot be right that, for some, the design of teaching is the problem.

"It is not acceptable that there are undergraduates, especially in the humanities and some social sciences, who end up in harm's way because they are bored in term-time or don't have enough to do on their course."

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