Well college started on Monday which is strange. Ruskin being a Trade Union college and Monday being May (Labour) Day. However, it was said we will all turn up for the first day irrespective of which bank holiday it was. I can live with that. Half the class couldn't live with it and didn't manage to get there , for reasons best known to themselves. Half an hour was wasted drawing the timetable on the Smart Board to work out tutorial times, this could have been done sometime in the last six weeks and saved to a Memory Stick. The term specification had not arrived in emails as it should have done. Then it turned out that we were not doing the two Bill Shakespeare plays first, but EMMA which I still haven't got to grips with so I am automatically going to be chasing my tail from Day 1. And the Senior Tutor said, "You must come to tutorials, it an honour to have them." Well maybe, maybe not. Nothing of course was said about the fact that they got nearly £4k from me to be on the course. That of course wasn't an honour for them to take the check. Were I to finish the course they would get another £4.5K for each of the next two years.
The email was re-sent before the first class of the week was over. "OK," thinks me, "I'll go and print it off," something I shouldn't have had to do. I went to the library to use the computer. It was closed. For Bank Holiday. Excuse me, but if you are going to insist the students come in on a bank Holiday then the facilities should be available, or am I wrong?
On the second day tutorials for the other part of the course were assigned for some of the same weeks as the first one and later in the day were re-assigned so they didn't clash. The tutor left the class to photocopy required text and other material a number of times which, to my mind, should have been prepared sometime in the last six weeks. I wonder if the administrators/managers are putting too much pressure on the teaching staff.
Anyhoo this will be my last term I do not feel I am getting value for money. I am not talking about the teaching, but the other stuff, the framework upon which we should be able to hang our hats while studying. Administration is notorious in all colleges for not being 'fit for purpose'. What ever the college problems are be it timetables, class allocation, equipment they are not our concern and we should not be affected by them, but we are. This is a failing that should be corrected so we don't know the problem is there. After my first two days it seems I need to work about 20 hours a day just to stand still I don't have time for the college problems.