Curtin Student Guild News

No changes to Curtin’s academic calendar

Posted By Nicole Lau on 3/10/2017

In a significant victory for Curtin University students there will be no changes to the academic calendar ensuring that tuition-free weeks are maintained under the current semester model.

Curtin’s Guild President Liam O’Neill said that students made their voice heard emphatically by rejecting plans which would have reduced tuition free weeks each semester to create extra teaching and research opportunities for the university over summer.

“The Guild surveyed students and received nearly 2,200 responses that showed students were overwhelmingly against any changes to tuition-free weeks that would condense the semester model.”

Mr. O’Neill said that the Guild’s Education Vice President represented students on the Academic Calendar Implementation Group which heard from multiple stakeholders and concluded that there was insufficient benefit to change the semester structure.

“Both staff and students expressed concerns related to the negative impact these changes would have on the student experience, teaching activities, learning opportunities, assessment, feedback, housing, and childcare,” said Mr. O’Neill.

Last week, Curtin University’s Academic Board accepted the recommendations of the Academic Calendar Implementation Group.

In other recommendations, the existing trimester arrangements will be left unchanged and a calendar to accommodate intensive six week teaching blocks will become available from next year for a select number of courses.

Mr O’Neill said that students studying would not be forced to take units in the six week intensive block but they would be optional for those who were interested. The new courses or units offered in the intensive blocks would be monitored by the Courses Committee and Academic Board to ensure that quality and standards were being maintained.

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