They love us… eh?

Bill Rammell, higher education minister, reckons the latest survey proves that the public supports its policy on tuition fees.

So take a slightly closer look.

Yep, 77% of respondents think that students should ‘pay something towards going to university’. Well, no shit. I don’t have a problem with that (as long as they don’t have to pay up front. Although, for the record, I’d like to point out that the way in which paying my student loan is organised is A PILE OF CRAP).

Unfortunately for the government, same public doesn’t like its top-up fees: 65% think ‘there should be a fixed price for all degrees’. This bit is not mentioned by the minister. (What’s that Mr Rammell? ‘La la la la I can’t hear you…’)

Largely unrelated: sometimes I think that academics should never try to be funny.

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3 Responses to They love us… eh?

  1. You’re mostly right about the humor bits, but “Oxford and Cambridge are two of the top 10 universities in the world and there is not a shred of evidence that either has had any leadership for the past 900 years.” made me laugh. And our university has a “census date” which is eight weeks into the semester.

  2. Brandon says:

    The most worn out early modern philosophy joke:

    Descartes walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Are you having a beer?”

    Descartes says, “I think not,” and ceases to exist.

    –That’s why academic philosophers tend not to be funny. We’re too inclined to laugh our heads off at Aristotle’s claim that the doctrine of the void turns out to have nothing in it; and it throws off our sense of humor about everything else!

  3. *headdesk*

    But the former article has a shred of truth in it. One of the real problems here is that more and more students have to work more and more just to get by. Their marks go down, and they lose their financial aid … they take longer to finish, just as the government is putting pressure on the unis to turf out students after 5 years …

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