Students who gathered at Deptford Town Hall and The London School of Economics were clearly against marketisation and privatisation of higher education and police being allowed on campus.
There didn’t seem to be a huge concern with fees, however, number one on the list was, “recruit more counsellors”. There was also concerns on the cap on the number of sessions.
Ruth Caleb, who runs the counselling service at Brunel University in west London, has been listening to students’ problems for 25 years. Since 2005, the number of students seeking her help has more than doubled. When she started, the most talked about subjects were “homesickness, first boyfriends, learning to live with new people”. Now, the problems are: depression, eating disorders, self-harm. At the same time, many universities have cut back spending on counselling services for students with mental health problems.
Quote taken from the Guardian, 11/05/2015
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