‘In this life, we want nothing but Facts, sir; nothing but Facts!’

This year is the 160th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens’ Hard Times, and it remains as relevant to battles over education and schooling as ever. CHAPTER I THE ONE THING NEEDFUL ‘Now, what I want is, Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life. Plant nothing […]

Does the UK Economy really need ‘10,000 extra science graduates’?

The Royal Academy of Engineering report, Jobs and Growth: the Importance of Engineering Skills to the UK Economy, published today, calculates that the UK needs an annual minimum of 100,000 graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) just to maintain the status quo in UK industry. According to the THE, the report says more […]

The NeverEnding Story of Educational Reform: UK PM Callaghan’s Ruskin College Speech, Oct 1976

For those who think Gove or any other politician is the answer to our educational problems (whatever they may be), perhaps excerpts from the text of the speech by Prime Minister James Callaghan, at a foundation stone-laying ceremony at Ruskin College, Oxford, on October. 18 1976 will make you think again. The speech proved to […]

The Student World Fair: London March 17th/October 6th, Manchester September 29th 2012

We are big advocates of studying for a degree abroad and this weekend in London, UK, and later on in the year in Manchester and London again there is a HE fair designed to promote this very thing: “Welcome to The Student World – the only event in the UK to find out about studying […]

Celebrity Dream Team Education: New College of the Humanities

The news that a group of well-known academics have set up their own private university in London that will charge £18k pa has met with a mixed reaction. The idea of the philosopher and its first master A.C. Grayling, the New College of the Humanities will offer courses in law, economics, philosophy, history, and English […]

We Told You So: IfL & Tuition Fees Review

It is not our style to engage in a round of back-patting but recent news regarding the Institute for Learning and Browne’s Tuition Fees Review was not exactly news to us. Firstly, the IfL demands for a £68 annual fee have been met with howls of derision not least because no-one can work out what […]

Tuition Fees Brain Drain Again

An article by D.D. Guttenplan in the New York Times ‘British Educators Telling Students: Go Abroad‘ reiterates what we, others, and even the government, have been saying about those who think universitites will be able to charge what they like without any impact on enrolment figures. “Caught between the rising cost of university tuition in […]

Tuition Fees Brain Drain

The Press Association report that research suggests more British students are studying for degrees overseas than their peers from the UK’s big academic rivals. Some 22,000 UK students are now enrolled on programmes abroad, according to Vincenzo Raimo, director of Nottingham University’s international office. This figure only counts those who are studying for an entire […]

Imperial College Tuition Fee Mutiny

It has just been formally announced that Imperial College will charge the maximum £9k per year for their degree courses from 2012. But why is this Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine (STEM) university charging the full amount when the science teaching budget is ring-fenced? A mutiny indeed. Time for OFFA to flex its muscles? We […]

Russell Group Red Herrings

The battle lines over control of tuition fees have been drawn and its plain to see the fight will be dirty. We say this after receiving one Russell Group uni newsletter where it looks to us that their strategy is to divert attention away as much as possible from the matter at hand i.e. putting […]


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