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Top Universities Run out of Teaching Space

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Students attending some of the UK's most prestigious universities are being turned away from lectures because of overcrowding.

Reports suggest that students studying in Manchester, Lancaster and Nottingham have struggled to find seats in lectures.

For example, maths students at Manchester University have been provided with a YouTube link where they could live steam lectures instead.

Meanwhile, last October, the University of Nottingham was advertising a temporary job to monitor the overflow live steam for first-year law students, whilst psychology students at the University of Lancaster have been sent to overflow rooms.

According to the National Union of Students, the situation is the result of universities being forced to bring in as many students as possible to boost their tuition-fee income.

In another example, a physics lecture at King's College London saw students being told to stand at the back due to a shortage of available seats.

Universities UK said it was important that all students could access lectures. A spokesperson said: "Universities will be mindful to ensure this does not compromise the quality of teaching or disadvantage students not attending in person. There is no indication of common or continuing issues with students being asked to join overflow or online lectures against their wishes."