For a country deep in debt, lofty thoughts are not enough to justify such huge numbers of students doing things that don’t help them economically,
There are now so many of them that the degree itself has less impact on employability – this ensuring that they become less economically valuable.
Ministers proclaim that social reform is patriotic.
He committed during the leadership election contest to raise it to £5000 per pupil – and level up outside London.
The UK is very well-placed to make the most of a technological boom age – except for one great and persisting tech weakness: a shortage of trained people.
Universities have generally had an excellent decade, but the rest of the system has not. It’s time to correct the imbalance.
It is utterly confusing to provide 12,000 course options at Level 3 or below. The system must be reformed.
Too often, discussions about the sector generate more heat than light – and the light falls in the wrong place. We can do better.