Thursday, 4 June 2009

Outright radicalism needed in university reform

The Daily Telgraph has called for outright radicalism in any future attempt to reform our universities. I agree and a good place to start is with tuition fees. While the Telegraph discusses the pros and cons of increasing tuition fees from £3,000 to £6,500, this debate fails to address the kep issue - which revolves around the question of whether universities are independent and autonomous institutions or not. While the current Secretary of State continues to claim that they are, it is difficult to see how any institution can be defined as independent and autonomous if they are not free to sell their services at a price of their own choosing. Therefore instead of simply increasing the cap on tuition fees, any future government must stop all interference in the question of tuition fees and respect the right of independent institutions to make these critical decsions themselves.

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