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Date published: 2005/11/23

The BBC says:

Undergraduates who work part-time during term-time are likely to do less well academically than their contemporaries, research suggests.

When working 15 hours a week, the odds of working students getting a first class or upper second degree were found to be 62% of similar non-working peers.

The survey of 1,500 UK-based students also found working students tended to come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The study is likely to fuel debate about the future of student funding.

The research, commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) and Universities UK, questioned 1,500 final-year students from seven universities across the UK.

More useless "research". What a surprise, working 15 hours a week means you have 15 hours less a week to study. Give these guys a bonus. Even worse, they have found the obvious strong correlation between working and (parental) income. Have these "researchers" bothered to check whether there is also a correlation between income and exam results (independent of whether or not you work)? That in itself might count for a large portion of the correlation they did find. Why oh why does the UK constantly waste money on this kind of garbage "research"? Why oh why does the BBC think this ought to "fuel debate about the future of student funding"?

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