University can be a fun, social and enjoyable time as you are learning new things, making new friends and creating a future for yourself. However it always can be a stressful and exhausting time as the pressure of assignments and exams whilst working part time and maintaining some sort of social life can become extremely overwhelming.
Stress is a common factor within any University and therefore I am proposing for my research assignment to study the stress of University and how one little factor of university life can impact that. The factor that I have decided on studying is the limited amount of car parking spaces available at the University of Wollongong and how this affects students. The question i propose to answer is:
“How does the stress of parking at University affect students and staff?”
In 2002 a research survey by Anthony Winefield, Nicole Gillespie, John Hapuararchchi, Con Stough, and Jagdish Dua was completed studying Occupational stress in Australian Universities. This survey is looking at the stress staff and students at Universities are facing and how the long hours they are undertaking is associated with their poor physical and mental health. This article will be a main focus within my research assignment. It perfectly depicts how students and staff cope with the long and tiring hours of University through survey and analysis.
As a full time student who lives half an hour from university I understand the difficulties of trying to find a car park when I arrive at University for the day. I often result to lining up for the multi story car park available at the University of Wollongong, which can sometimes take thirty to forty minutes to wait for. Not only are you waiting a long time for a car park and often missing a class or two, it also costs almost double the amount as the regular out door car parks. Paying up to $13 dollars a day three days a week may not sound much but when you times it by the fifteen weeks in a term and time that by two semester it is almost $1200 a year. As a student living out of home and having to work two part time jobs to live day to day $1200 a year just for parking is a lot of money.
Simon Anderson the author of Economics of pricing parking and Amihai Glazer the author of Parking fees and congestion both produced articles that I will be using within my research assignment. They both talk about the price of parking within customer-based environments and how these need to change due to congestion. Even though these two articles are not focused on universities they both are produce substantial information into parking, payment, and ways to fix congestion in car parks.
During my research I will be comparing the University of Wollongong with the University of Canberra and how the two schools organise their parking arrangements for their staff and students. I will be looking into parking prices, permit availability, congestion issues, and student to car spaces ratio.
For the next part of the assignment I will also be conducting a preliminary survey for students who are currently attending the University of Wollongong to see how parking affects them personally and what sort of impact this has on them as students. Between 100 and 200 people will take the survey, as this will provide a substantial amount of evidence as to what people think of the Universities current parking situation.
As stated University can be a stressful and exhausting time in a students life, therefore Universities should be doing everything they can to ease the pressure for their students and staff to get the best results possible. The focus of this assignment will be providing academic research and analysis of the stress at University and how the factor of parking with very limited spaces adds to the stress of students and staff.
Science Direct, Simon Anderson, The economics of pricing parking, June 2003
Science Direct, Amihai Glazer, Parking fees and congestion, 15/4/2002
Survey Monkey, University Parking Survey
Research Gate, Anthony Winefield, Nicole Gillespie, John Hapuararchchi, Con Stough, and Jagdish Dua, Occupational Stress in Australian Universities: A National Survey 2002, January 2002