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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957

Hampering Conditions

Hampering Conditions

The advisers at Sydney are hampered by great if surmountable difficulties. A most unsatisfactory staff-student ratio (Stage I English at V.U.C. multiplied), and intense overcrowding, the Vice-Chancellor recently gave the figure of 10,000 students, mean extra tasks in helping to bridge the enormous gap between [unclear: teaching] in school is and the university atmosphere. There is quite insufficient psychiatric treatment available for all the students who come to the advisers with their mental problems.

They also help students interpret regulations, show them what courses they can or cannot take, try to assist those who fail exams to find out why, what can be done about it.

There can be no doubt that the advisers find plenty of most valuable work to do—work is at present hardly touched at Victoria: work which Mr. Scarlett found necessary at West Australia with a population of 1800, whereas V.U.C. has over 2000 this year, and is expected to rise to by 1960.

They are not out to direct, but are "purveyors of information" who insist on letting a student run his own life, though are ever on hand to offer expert guidance.