Letter: Grant us a chance to pay for studies

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Sir: Please do not overlook the important point that 'giving a long summer break into which a third semester could, if desired, be squeezed' (leading article; 'Timely lesson for our universities', 19 August) would seriously disadvantage the large body of students who rely on money earned during the summer break to live.

There are a significant number of students who are self-supporting, and the inadequacy of the student grant that others are lucky enough to be awarded, is already well known. These people (myself included) would not be able to attend university at all were it not for the 12-week break during the summer.

Yours faithfully,


London, NW8

19 August