Error of judgement

September 26, 2003

So the Higher Education Funding Council for England proposes to reduce all media course cash to the baseline classroom weighting ("Key subjects in cash crisis", THES, September 19).

This is apparently justified by university returns, which show no significant expenditure difference across the wide professional practice-to-media studies course range.

It is true that media studies can provide a challenging classroom-based higher education experience.

But without adequate funding for technology, equipment and studio-based study, such courses will focus on a depressing US monopoly of film, television, music and games production.

We will also fail the next generation of undergraduates and confirm the worst fears of our recent graduates, who, according to the Media Employability Project, are among the UK's most employable ("Last laugh belongs to Mickey Mouse", THES, September 19).

There must be some mistake.

Will Bridge
Head, London College of Printing

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