Southern Cross Universoty Student ambassador Cara Bartlett defends the university's new schedule.
Southern Cross Universoty Student ambassador Cara Bartlett defends the university's new schedule. Patrick Williams / Tweed Daily News

Tables turn at university

FOR someone as eager to get into the workforce as Cara Bartlett, sacrificing some summer sun for the class room is worth it.

Cara Bartlett, a Southern Cross University student ambassador for the Riverside campus in Tweed Heads, yesterday responded to a petition looking to reverse the university's new timetable.

Under the new schedule, which was introduced this year, semesters one and two have lost their mid-semester break and a week of study before exams to account for a bigger summer semester from November to February.

The summer semester is optional to students who wish to fast-track their degree, catch up on units or repeat units. Up to four units are available instead of two. Ms Bartlett, who is studying a bachelor of business, said the fast tracking option suits her.

“I'm planning to do the summer semester. That way I can graduate in October next year instead of February 2011,” the 22-year-old said.

The petition against the new timetable is being circulated on Facebook by a group called 'Stop Short Semesters'.

It claims there was a lack of consultation prior to its implementation on the possible impact on staff and student workloads.

“I can understand where some people are coming from, I know a few people myself who are upset by it,” Ms Bartlett said.

“It's a bit stressful but the work is the same.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Bill MacGillivray said an increasing number of universities were moving to a three session calendar to enable students the flexibility to meet their individual circumstances.

Professor MacGillivray said there will be an external review of the changes at the end of the year.

“We understand there are some students and staff having difficulty adjusting to the new calendar but the majority have adapted well,” Prof MacGillivray said.



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