Notre Dame students, their parents and teachers would have spotted some familiar faces on the national ITV evening news on Friday February 24th.
The College was approached by ITV to provide an opinion about the government proposal to introduce a new two year fast-track degree. The suggestion is that the teaching hours of a three year course will be compressed into two. The annual fees would be more expensive than for those of a three year degree, but the cost of a third year of accommodation would be saved. And, of course, students would graduate a year early.
Five of our students were interviewed on this subject; upper sixths Catherine Warr, Kerry White, Tadi Kativhu, and lower sixths Isaac Grinnell and Joe Higgins. Although only Kerry and Tadi were featured in the news item, all five students gave a variety of views and made some excellent points. The overall consensus was one of uncertainly as to the suitability of this fast-track course for the majority of university students.
In addition to the student interviews, viewers caught a glimpse of the Notre Dame site, and were treated to part of a lower sixth politics lesson taught by Head of Department Mr Clifford.
Notre Dame was glad of this opportunity to discuss a new development in higher education, and proud of the articulate responses of our students.
Click here to see the news item in full.