Thursday, 10 November 2011

My Two Cents

The Guardian Higher Education Network asked for my thoughts on yesterday's student demonstration - read it, and some rather better reactions, here.

This bit caught my eye as a sign of things to come:
Coventry University College, will be opening its doors next autumn – with classes seven days a week, from 7am to 10pm weekdays and until 4pm on weekends, charging students a mere £4,800. Students will have no access to Coventry University's library, IT facilities or sports centre – despite the college being an offshoot of the university. What kind of education will be on offer to students? The spectre of similar universities, or others with worse conditions, is on the horizon.
Despite this, the government claims that all degrees will continue to be of equal value. I cannot see how a student without access to an academic library, can possibly reach the levels of a student with access to decent material.

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