Obviously I think this whole piece is utterly ridiculous, and I’m sure the journalist would argue that’s just my innate bias (in favour of... the concept of education, I guess?) coming through... https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/underperforming-universities-should-be-allowed-to-fail-7dmgwj67l
Underperforming universities should be allowed to fail
The queue for state aid is growing. Universities are next in line to plead for financial support from the government. This presents a unique opportunity to let fiercely market-driven universities diehttps://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/underperforming-universities-should-be-allowed-to-fail-7dmgwj67l
But IMAGINE deciding to bash universities for offering Mickey Mouse and vocational courses and ending up writing this sentence in the middle of a global pandemic.
Pfffft. Who needs nurses? Arch and Anth graduates, that’s who’ll save us now.
This whole article is an excellent example of “act like a market — NO WAIT NOT LIKE THAT”, which has been successive governments’ HE policies, but which journalists could, perhaps, be expected to think critically about for five minutes.
would also *gently* point out that the post-university job market is not *necessarily* something universities can control & *maybe* if large numbers of graduates can’t find jobs that *might* be more of a problem for the government to address than for us to somehow... magic away