Category: Academic Support
Reading weeks are employed in many of the best universities across the U.K., Oxford and Cambridge just being two of them. The idea behind them is to provide a much-needed week without lectures and seminars (i.e. A non-teaching week) in the middle of term to help students catch up on essential reading, complete their assignments and provide an opportunity to catch a break. This not only results in higher student satisfaction, helps relieve stress and improves mental health, but also results in a higher average grade. Finally, even the teaching staff have a very hectic schedule and would appreciate a week off in the middle of term.
Hence, I believe it is really important the different departments in Durham University acknowledge the importance of said reading week and undertake its creation to help all students.
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