Interesting to see that Oxford is now out of the worlds top set of Universities for the first time ever. It needs £1bn spending on it to update it.
Is it just me or can anyone else see that the reason there is no money for elite universities is that so much money has been wasted on poor ones? I interviewed a recent graduate of Huddersfield University yesterday. She was borderline illiterate and unable to express herself without permanent use of "you know, like" and "dunno, spose so". Needless to say she didn't get a job.
She told me she was £40k in debt after a 4 year course in accountancy. One year fo the course was a "foundation year" (AKA a year to catch up because her maths was so poor). She informed me 90% of her 2008 graduation year were unemployed, and close to 100% of this year.
No disrespect to her (and credit for her for trying) but wouldn't we be better off closing cruddy universities like this down, and promoting elitism? We have created a society where everyone wants/needs a degree but in actuality only a small percentage of people use them. This poor girl has been conned into believing that 4 years and £40k of debt would give her a "better" life. It hasn't. It won't.
Bottom line - places like Hudderfield were good polytechnics and are lousy universities. The £100m spent on it in the last 10 years has, in my opinion, been wasted and would have been better spent on the elite at Oxford/Cambridge/UCL etc.
Its time to end the "a degree is a passport to money" lie. Degrees only have value of they are from a top university and held by the top 5% of the population. When they are not, they are a waste of time and money.
I feel sorry for the girl I interviewed. £40k is £60 per month for FIFTY YEARS (until she retires). Thats basically here entire state state pension for 10 years (assuming she lives for 10 years after she retires at 72). So basically she has paid for her own retirement with a useless degree from a hopeless university. And she still isn't bright (the certificate didn't change her basic personality, ability etc.)
End of rant. Apologies. Hate to see the kids treated like this.