The degree classifications handed out at Wye this year were consistent with overall student performance, according to an investigation commissioned after allegations made on Live! by 2007 graduates. The investigation has concluded that the year group performed no worse in their final year than they had done in their first year, despite complaints from students that they were treated unfairly.
The percentage of modules graded at a first or upper-second in the first year was around 25%, identical to the preceding year. However, the 2006 graduates raised this to around 50% in their second and third years, with the 2007 group only reaching 34%. This raises questions as to why the 2007 graduates were unable to raise their attainment to the same level as the preceding year, while the 2008 and 2009 graduates were able to achieve nearly 40% firsts and upper-seconds in their first years at the same time.
The investigation also found that concerns about low attendance in lectures had been raised at staff-student meetings: students defending the academics at Wye claimed that the main protagonists had failed to attend lectures, so were in no position to comment on teaching methods at the Kent campus. A submission to the investigation by Wye students expressed satisfaction with the support given to them by Wye academics and strongly criticised those making complaints for not working hard enough.
The 2007 graduates had a low response rate for SOLE, the termly lecturer evaluation, and had not provided feedback to suggest they were unhappy with the teaching or facilities. The lack of feedback to the academic staff had been brought to the attention of the student reps on a number of occasions, to no avail.
Live! understands that a number of appeals may still go ahead through the standard College appeals process.
This year's intake for the new Kent business management course at Wye looks to be considerably lower, which had been anticipated due to the changeover in teaching control. It is hoped numbers will rebound once the new course is established.