BPP: what students thought they were paying for.
What they're actually paying for.
BPP law students at the Holborn campus are furious that the building is being renovated, while they still pay London "premium" prices.
"Our university is a building site, no one even had the courtesy to tell us," wrote an angry student on Twitter. "This is not about resilience or excessive sensitivity. We are paying thousands of pounds to fund a pile of rubble."
"We have been told time and time again that our fees remain high because we are contributing to the overheads that keep the campus running and open," they added, "it is not running or open."
An email, purportedly written by the Programme leader of the Bar Professional Training Course, was shared by another student on Twitter. "Whilst our centres have been closed as a result of the nationwide lockdown, we have taken the opportunity to advance our scheduled improvement works," said the tutor. "We can confirm that we are planning to re-open the Holborn study centre on 19 April, but in the meantime all students can book study spaces at any other BPP study centre, including the Waterloo study centre close by."
One student commented on Twitter that BPP's Waterloo site is "notorious for having limited space and no spare library seats" even with only Waterloo students attending.
Another student said: "At what point does it become ridiculous to charge us extra for being in London? Our premium is not meant to go to 'improvement works'."
BPP students at Holborn pay £16,690 to take the Legal Practice Course, compared with £12,290 in Leeds and Manchester, and £13,130 in Cambridge, Birmingham and Bristol.
Last July, over 50 LPC students demanded compensation and refunds from BPP University, claiming that its pandemic response has been "deeply unsatisfactory" and created an environment of "mistrust and anxiety".
BPP, perhaps busy plastering a wall, declined to comment.