CHAPTER 11 FINANCIAL SITUATION

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CHAPTER 11
FINANCIAL SITUATION
The majority of students cited wholly yourself/partner/parents as their method of
funding (33.9% in total) with the exception of those in Health Studies where the
majority of students cited bursary/scholarship (63.2%). Many students also indicated
wholly LEA/SLC as their method of funding.

A quarter of students in Business Studies (25.0%) and in Health Studies (26.3%)
cited your employer as their means of funding. A large proportion (43.7%) of
students at Amersham and Wycombe College (UAW) cited wholly LEA/SLC funded
whilst over three quarters (77.4%) of those at East Berkshire College (UEB) cited
wholly yourself/partner/parents (Figure 11.2).


Figure 11.1 Contribution to course fees by faculty
                                              Contribution to course fees
                  Wholly
 Faculty          yourself/              Partially self-
                  partner/    Wholly     funded and        Your         Bursary/
                  parents     LEA/SLC    LEA/SLC           employer     Scholarship   Other     Total
 AS                    92        87             37            13             11          6         246
                      37.4     35.4          15.0            5.3             4.5       2.4       100.0
 BS                    71        34             20            45               1         9         180
                      39.4     18.9          11.1           25.0             0.6       5.0       100.0
 Dn                   123        60             38             4               1         6         232
                      53.0     25.9          16.4            1.7             0.4       2.6       100.0
 HS                    17            8           2           105            252         15         399
                       4.3      2.0            0.5          26.3            63.2       3.8       100.0
 LT                    95        89             35             5               2         4         230
                      41.3     38.7          15.2            2.2             0.9       1.7       100.0
 Tech                  41        25              4            19               0         3             92
                      44.6     27.2            4.3          20.7             0.0       3.3       100.0
 PC                    89        51             15            20               0         5         180
                      49.4     28.3            8.3          11.1             0.0       2.8       100.0
 Total                528      354            151           211             267        48         1559
                      33.9     22.7           9.7           13.5            17.1       3.1       100.0


Over a third of the respondents (37.6%) indicated that they are employed 6-18
hours a week a. However a quarter (25.8%) had no paid employment. Just under a
fifth of students in Technology (19.2%) cited over 18 hours a week part-time
compared with a smaller proportion (4.4%) of those in Design (Figure 11.3).




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Figure 11.2 Contribution to course fees by partner college
                                                Contribution to course fees
               Wholly          Wholly             Partially        Your            Other             Total
 Faculty      yourself/       LEA/SLC            self-funded     employer
              partner/                          and LEA/SLC
               parents
 UAW                  31            38                   7             10             1                 87
                 35.6             43.7                 8.0            11.5           1.1             100.0
 UAY                  6              0                   1              2             2                 11
                 54.5               0.0                9.1            18.2      18.2                 100.0
 UBA                  24            10                   7              1             1                 43
                 55.8             23.3                16.3             2.3           2.3             100.0
 UEB                  24             2                   0              4             1                 31
                 77.4               6.5                0.0            12.9           3.2             100.0


Figure 11.3 Current employment status of full-time students during term
            time by faculty

                                                        Employment status (Full time students)
             Emp            Emp        Over          Emp       Emp           Self-         Retired      Un-        No    Other   Total
Faculty
              1–5           6–18        18           full-    during         emp                       paid       paid
             hours          hours      hours         time     vaca-                                    carer      emp
            a week         a week     a week                   tions
                                       part-                   only
                                       time
AS              9            88           39            5       12             4              1              0     55      6     219
              4.1          40.2          17.8         2.3       5.5          1.8            0.5         0.0      25.1    2.7     100
BS             14            34           17            0         3            1              0              0     23      5      97
             14.4          35.1          17.5         0.0       3.1          1.0            0.0         0.0      23.7    5.2     100
Dn             14            73            9            3       20             3              0              2     77      4     205
              6.8          35.6           4.4         1.5       9.8          1.5            0.0         1.0      37.6    2.0     100
HS             11            92           25           27       44             1              0              4     57     21     282
              3.9          32.6           8.9         9.6      15.6          0.4            0.0         1.4      20.2    7.4     100
LT             22            89           22            5         6            1              0              0     54      9     208
             10.6          42.8          10.6         2.4       2.9          0.5            0.0         0.0      26.0    4.3     100
Tech            2            23           10            1         4            0              0              0     10      2      52
              3.8          44.2          19.2         1.9       7.7          0.0            0.0         0.0      19.2    3.8     100
PC              7            39           14            3         2            4              2              0     25      6     102
              6.9          38.2          13.7         2.9       2.0          3.9            2.0         0.0      24.5    5.9     100
Total         79           438           136          44        91           14               3           6      301     53      1165
              6.8          37.6       11.7            3.8      7.8           1.2            0.3         0.5      25.8    4.5     100



Just under one third of students (31.4% in total) indicated that their employment
status had a small negative impact, although two fifths (39.1% in total) said it had
no impact. Over half of full-time students in Applied Social Sciences and
Humanities (50.7%) indicated that their employment status has some degree of
negative impact on their studies compared with 29.5% of full-time students in
Health Studies (Figures 11.5,11.6).




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Figure 11.4 Current employment status of full-time students during term
            time by partner college

Part-                                              Employment status (Full-time students)
ner         Emp-         Emp-        Over 18        Emp-         Employ        Self-       Retired     No paid    Other          Total
col-        loyed        loyed       hours a        loyed          ed         employ                   employ
lege         1–5         6–18         week           full-       during         ed                      ment
   N       hours a      hours a       part-          time        vacatio
  %         week         week         time                       ns only

UAW             5            22             4            1            1            2            2           18         4           59
             8.5            37.3           6.8          1.7          1.7          3.4          3.4         30.5       6.8        100.0
UAY             1             2             3            0            0            0            0            0                      6
            16.7            33.3          50.0          0.0          0.0          0.0          0.0          0.0       0.0        100.0
UBA             1            15             7            1            1            2           0.0           6         2           35
             2.9            42.9          20.0          2.9          2.9          5.7          0.0         17.1       5.7        100.0


Figure 11.5 Effect of employment status on academic study by faculty and
            mode

                                     Effect of employment status on academic study
             A very          A large       A small       No          A small      A large      A very
 Faculty     large           negative      negative      impact      positive     positive     large
             negative        impact        impact                    impact       impact       positive
             impact                                                                            impact       Total
 AS FT                 13            22            72           82            8           11           3       211
                      6.2          10.4          34.1         38.9          3.8          5.2         1.4     100.0
 AS PT                  1             1            13            3            2            4           2         26
                      3.8           3.8          50.0         11.5          7.7         15.4         7.7     100.0
 BS FT                  4            12            19           42           10            5           1         93
                      4.3          12.9          20.4         45.2         10.8          5.4         1.1     100.0
 BS PT                  4            15            28           14            3            7           4         75
                      5.3          20.0          37.3         18.7          4.0          9.3         5.3     100.0
 Dn FT                  3            18            71           74            9           11           5       191
                      1.6           9.4          37.2         38.7          4.7          5.8         2.6     100.0
 Dn PT                  1             3             3           11            1            2           1         22
                      4.5          13.6          13.6         50.0          4.5          9.1         4.5     100.0
 HS FT                 13            21            50          156           18           19           8       285
                      4.6           7.4          17.5         54.7          6.3          6.7         2.8     100.0
 HS PT                  5             9            36           23            8           12           4         97
                      5.2           9.3          37.1         23.7          8.2         12.4         4.1     100.0
 LT FT                  5            13            66           84           13           10           4       195
                      2.6           6.7          33.8         43.1          6.7          5.1         2.1     100.0
 LT PT                  1             2             6            2            1            2           1         15
                      6.7          13.3          40.0         13.3          6.7         13.3         6.7     100.0
 Tech FT                4             3            18           20            4            2           1         52
                      7.7           5.8          34.6         38.5          7.7          3.8         1.9     100.0
 Tech PT                2             7            17            8            1            2           0         37
                      5.4          18.9          45.9         21.6          2.7          5.4         0.0     100.0
 PC FT                  2            12            33           34            9            4           2         96
                      2.1          12.5          34.4         35.4          9.4          4.2         2.1     100.0
 PC PT                  0             5            29           22            4           12           3         75
                      0.0           6.7          38.7         29.3          5.3         16.0         4.0     100.0
 Total                58           143           461          575           91          103          39       1470
                      3.9          9.7           31.4         39.1         6.2          7.0          2.7      100.0




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Figure 11.6 Effect of employment status on academic study by partner
            college and mode
                                          Effect of employment status on academic study
                       A very     A large     A small      No     A small   A large    A very    Total
 Partner college
                        large    negative negative       impact   positive  positive    large
 and mode
                      negative    impact      impact               impact    impact   positive
                       impact                                                          impact
 UAW FT                    1          4         19        21          4         2          2       53
                         1.9         7.5      35.8      39.6        7.5       3.8        3.8     100.0
 UAW PT                    0          3          9         8          1         4          3       28
                         0.0       10.7       32.1      28.6        3.6      14.3       10.7     100.0
 UAY FT                    0          4          0         2          0         0          0          6
                         0.0       66.7        0.0      33.3        0.0       0.0        0.0     100.0
 UAY PT                               3          9         8          1         4          3       28
                         0.0       10.7       32.1      28.6        3.6      14.3       10.7     100.0
 UBA FT                    0          4         13        11          5         2          0       35
                         0.0       11.4       37.1      31.4       14.3       5.7        0.0     100.0
 UBA PT                    0          0          4         2          0         2          0          8
                           0          0         50        25          0        25          0     100.0
 UEB PT                    0          2         11        11          1         4          0       29
                         0.0         6.9      37.9      37.9        3.4      13.8        0.0     100.0


Students tended to rate their financial situation more negatively than positively
(Figures 11.7,11.8). Three fifths (60.7%) of full-time students in Health Studies
rated their financial situation at the lower end of the scale, compared with two fifths
(42.9%) of full-time students in Business Studies (Figure 11.7).

More students rated the impact of their financial situation on their academic study as
having some degree of negative impact than positive impact; one third (33.1% in
total) of students indicated a small negative impact (Figures 11.9,11.10) Three fifths
of students (62.7%) in Applied Social Sciences and Humanities indicated that
their financial situation has some degree of negative impact on their studies
compared with over a third (35.0%) of those in Business Studies (Figure 11.9).

SATISFACTION WITH FINANCIAL SITUATION

Overall students are fairly satisfied with aspects of their financial situation. Those in
Technology are very satisfied with efficiency of loans procedure. Efficiency of
Government Hardship Fund procedure and Fairness of Government Hardship Fund
Procedure are only adequate for the majority of students, those in Berkshire
College of Agriculture are dissatisfied with both these issues.

Students are in general fairly satisfied with value for money of your course although
many find this only adequate and those studying Biological Sciences (C) are
dissatisfied with this (Figures 11.11, 11.12, 11.13).


Students are less satisfied with costs and expenses. Those in Design, those at
Amersham and Wycombe College, those studying Technologies (J) and those
studying Creative Arts and Design (W) are dissatisfied with cost of course materials.




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Figure 11.7 Financial situation by faculty

 Faculty and                         Financial situation (1 very bad, 7 very good)
 mode                  1             2           3          4          5         6        7        Total
 AS FT                   41        39            48        49          25        13         6         221
                      18.6      17.6          21.7       22.2       11.3        5.9       2.7       100.0
 AS PT                    2         0             2        10           6         2         4          26
                        7.7       0.0           7.7      38.5       23.1        7.7      15.4       100.0
 BS FT                   19        13            10        23          17        12         4          98
                      19.4      13.3          10.2       23.5       17.3       12.2       4.1       100.0
 BS PT                    2         2             7        12          24        12        14          73
                        2.7       2.7           9.6      16.4       32.9       16.4      19.2       100.0
 Dn FT                   22        38            39        56          24        15        10         204
                      10.8      18.6          19.1       27.5       11.8        7.4       4.9       100.0
 Dn PT                    2         2             4         4           4         4         5          25
                        8.0       8.0         16.0       16.0       16.0       16.0      20.0       100.0
 HS FT                   61        64            62        63          32        20         5         307
                      19.9      20.8          20.2       20.5       10.4        6.5       1.6       100.0
 HS PT                    2         3            11        30          23        14        11          94
                        2.1       3.2         11.7       31.9       24.5       14.9      11.7       100.0
 LT FT                   22        36            39        48          30        27         8         210
                      10.5      17.1          18.6       22.9       14.3       12.9       3.8       100.0
 LT PT                    1         1             1         4           2         4         2          15
                        6.7       6.7           6.7      26.7       13.3       26.7      13.3       100.0
 Tech FT                  6         8            13         8           6         9         2          52
                      11.5      15.4          25.0       15.4       11.5       17.3       3.8       100.0
 Tech PT                  1         3             8         8           9         5         4          38
                        2.6       7.9         21.1       21.1       23.7       13.2      10.5       100.0
 PC FT                   12        16            23        31           8         5         4          99
                      12.1      16.2          23.2       31.3         8.1       5.1       4.0       100.0
 PC PT                    0         3            14        24          15        11        11          78
                        0.0       3.8         17.9       30.8       19.2       14.1      14.1       100.0
 Total                 193       228           281        370        225       153         90        1540
                      12.5      14.8          18.2       24.0       14.6        9.9       5.8       100.0



Figure 11.8 Financial situation by partner college
 Partner                       Financial situation (1 very bad, 7 very good)
 college        1          2          3          4          5          6             7
 and
 mode                                                                                    Total
 UAW FT           9        5           17         19          2          4          1        57
               15.8      8.8         29.8       33.3        3.5        7.0        1.8     100.0
 UAW PT           0        1            2          8          8          4          3        26
                0.0      3.8          7.7       30.8       30.8       15.4       11.5     100.0
 UAY FT           1        1            2          1          1          0          0          6
               16.7     16.7         33.3       16.7       16.7        0.0        0.0     100.0
 UAY PT           0        0            1          3          1          1          0          6
                0.0      0.0         16.7       50.0       16.7       16.7        0.0     100.0
 UBA FT           2       10            4          9          5          1          3        34
                5.9     29.4         11.8       26.5       14.7        2.9        8.8     100.0
 UBA PT           0        0            4          2          0          0          2          8
                0.0      0.0         50.0       25.0        0.0        0.0       25.0     100.0
 UEB PT           0        2            5         10          5          5          5        32
                0.0      6.3         15.6       31.3       15.6       15.6       15.6     100.0



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Figure 11.9 Impact of financial situation on academic work by faculty
             A very      A large    A small     No     A small    A large     A very     Total
              large     negative   negative   impact   positive   positive     large
 Faculty
            negative     impact     impact             impact     impact     positive
             impact                                                          impact
 AS              24         46         85       67         8          7           10       247
                9.7      18.6        34.4     27.1       3.2        2.8          4.0     100.0
 BS              11         16         34       99         6          4            4       174
                6.3        9.2       19.5     56.9       3.4        2.3          2.3     100.0
 Dn              18         37         88       56         8         11            8       226
                8.0      16.4        38.9     24.8       3.5        4.9          3.5     100.0
 HS              38         48        130      140        18         19            7       400
                9.5      12.0        32.5     35.0       4.5        4.8          1.8     100.0
 LT              13         33         84       81        14          3            2       230
                5.7      14.3        36.5     35.2       6.1        1.3          0.9     100.0
 Tech             9          8         24       35        10          1            2        89
               10.1        9.0       27.0     39.3      11.2        1.1          2.2     100.0
 PC               5         18         66       77         5          6            1       178
                2.8      10.1        37.1     43.3       2.8        3.4          0.6     100.0
 Total         118        206         511      555        69         51           34      1544
                7.6      13.3        33.1     35.9       4.5        3.3          2.2     100.0


Figure 11.10 Impact of financial situation on academic work by Partner
             College
             A very      A large   A small      No     A small    A large     A very     Total
 Partner      large     negative   negative   impact   positive   positive     large
 college    negative     impact     impact             impact     impact     positive
             impact                                                          impact
 UAW                5          8         34       30          3          3           1     84
                  6.0        9.5       40.5     35.7        3.6        3.6        1.2    100.0
 UAY                0          4          4        4          0          0           0     12
                  0.0       33.3       33.3     33.3        0.0        0.0        0.0    100.0
 UBA                0          5         16       21          0          1           0     43
                  0.0       11.6       37.2     48.8        0.0        2.3        0.0    100.0
 UEB                0          0         12       15          2          2           0     31
                  0.0        0.0       38.7     48.4        6.5        6.5        0.0    100.0


Those in Business Studies, those at Amersham and Wycombe College and
those studying media studies or journalism (N) are dissatisfied with cost of BCUC
accommodation.

Those studying technologies (J) are dissatisfied with cost of photocopying. Cost of
computer printing is unsatisfactory for those in Design and for those in Leisure and
Tourism.

Students at Berkshire College of Agriculture are dissatisfied with cost of work
placements, field trips etc. The majority of students are dissatisfied with cost of
travel (to/from BCUC to college) (Figures 11.11, 11.12, 11.13).




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Figure 11.11 Student perceptions of financial situation by faculty
                                                                               Faculty
 Financial situation
                                                   AS        BS   Dn      HS         LT   Tech      PC       BCUC
 Access to financial advice                        B          B   B        B         B      B       B         B

 Efficiency of Student Loans procedure             B          B   B        B         B      A       B         B
 Efficiency of Government Hardship Fund
                                                   C          C   B        C         C      B       D         C
 procedure
 Fairness of Government Hardship Fund
                                                   D          C   C        C         C      B       D         C
 procedure
 Value for money of your course                    C          B   B        B         C      B       C         B

 Costs and expenses

 Cost of course materials                          C          C   D        B         C      B       C         C

 Cost of BCUC accommodation                        C          D   C        C         C      B       D         C

 Cost of photocopying                              C          B   C        B         C      C       B         B

 Cost of computer printing                         C          C   D        B         D      C       B         C

 Cost of work placements, field trips etc.         C          C   C        B         C      B       C         B

 Cost of travel (to/from BCUC to college)          D          C   C        C         D      C       D         D




Figure 11.11 Student perceptions of financial situation by partner college
                                      Partner college
 Financial situation
                                UAW          UBA        UEB
 Access to financial advice       B           b          *
 Efficiency of Student
                                  B           B          *
 Loans procedure
 Efficiency of Government
                                  C          D           *
 Hardship Fund procedure
 Fairness of Government
                                  C          D           *
 Hardship Fund procedure
 Value for money of your
                                  C          C          B
 course
 Costs and expenses
 Cost of course materials         D          C           b
 Cost of BCUC
                                  D           *          *
 accommodation
 Cost of photocopying             B           b          *
 Cost of computer printing        B           B          *
 Cost of work placements,
                                  B          D           *
 field trips etc.
 Cost of travel (to/from
                                  D          C           *
 BCUC to college)




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Figure 11.12 Student perceptions of financial situation by JACS code
                                                               JACS code
 Financial situation
                                     B   C   D   G   H     J      K     L   M     N    P    Q      W
 Access to financial advice          B   B   b   B   b     B      *    B     C    B    B    *      B
 Efficiency of Student Loans
                                     B   B   B   A   (b)   B      *    B     B    B    C    *      B
 procedure
 Efficiency of Government
                                     C   D   D   B   *     B      *    C     D    C    *    *      C
 Hardship Fund procedure
 Fairness of Government
                                     C   D   D   B   *     C      *    D     D    C    *    *      C
 Hardship Fund procedure
 Value for money of your course      B   D   C   B   B     C      C    B     B    B    C    *      C
 Costs and expenses
 Cost of course materials            B   C   C   B   C     D      B    C     C    C    B    D      D
 Cost of BCUC accommodation          C   C   *   A   *     C      *    C     D    D    *    *      C
 Cost of photocopying                B   C   b   B   C     D      b    C     C    C    C    *      C
 Cost of computer printing           B   D   A   C   D     D      *    C     D    D    C    *      D
 Cost of work placements, field
                                     B   B   D   a   *     C      *    C     B    C    *    *      C
 trips etc.
 Cost of travel (to/from BCUC to
                                     C   D   D   C   D     C      *    D     C    C    C    *      D
 college)




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COMPARISON WITH PREVIOUS YEARS

Students are generally more satisfied with aspects of their financial situation this
year, in particular with fairness of government hardship fund (Figure 1.11).

Cost of course materials and cost of BCUC accommodation are no longer areas of
concern for the majority of students. This year students are satisfied with cost of
work placements, field trips etc. Cost of travel (to/from BCUC to college) is still an
area of concern overall (Figure 1.11).

Figure 11.11 Student perceptions of financial situation by faculty 2003 and
             2005
                                                                             Faculty
  Financial situation
                                   AS             BS             Dn              HS             LT            Tech        BCUC
                              03        05   03        05   03        05    03        05   03        05   03     05      03   05

 Access to financial advice   B         B    B         B    B         B     C         B    B         B    B          B   B    B
 Efficiency of Student
                              B         B    B         B    B         B     C         B    B         B    B          A   B    B
 Loans procedure
 Efficiency of Government
                              C         C    C         C    C         B     D         C    C         C    C          B   C    C
 Hardship Fund procedure
 Fairness of Government
                              D         D    D         C    C         C     D         C    D         C    D          B   D    C
 Hardship Fund procedure
 Value for money of your
                              C         C    C         B    C         B     B         B    D         C    B          B   C    B
 course
 Costs and expenses

 Cost of course materials     C         C    D         C    D         D     C         B    C         C    B          B   D    C
 Cost of BCUC
                              D         C    D         D    D         C     D         C    D         C    C          B   D    C
 accommodation
 Cost of photocopying         D         C    C         B    D         C     B         B    C         C    c          C   C    B

 Cost of computer printing    D         C    D         C    D         D     B         B    B         D    C          C   C    C
 Cost of work placements,
                              C         C    c         C    C         C     C         B    B         C    b          B   C    B
 field trips etc.
 Cost of travel (to/from
                              D         D    C         C    C         C     D         C    D         D    D          C   D    D
 BCUC to college)




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