They need more time and money
Their association, SUPRA, is calling for a 20 per cent in coursework degree fees, because students are now financially stretched, plus there “are many complaints about the low quality of teaching for some on-line courses.”
For research PGs they ask for a further extension on submissions, on top of the six-month study-period the university has already announced.
“Many HDR students are suffering financial hardship (and) have carer responsibilities, meaning their ability to meet research deadlines is impossible. Suspending if you receive a scholarship means no income, not being able to pay rent or eat. One research period is not enough.”
SUPRA also calls for financial support for research postgrads, particularly those not on scholarship and for an “emergency financial package” for internationals, to pay rent and “basic living expenses.”