Tricks of the trade 1

May 30, 2003

Even the most rightwing, business-serving government would surely not consider paying companies to relabel their in-house training as university degree programmes, as the Council for Industry and Higher Education proposes ("Business wants taxpayer to underwrite costs of bespoke foundation degrees", THES , May 23).

The proposal seems inconsistent with CIHE's website statement that UK higher education is efficient, effective and responsive to changing needs but seriously underfunded. It is more like a cynical ploy to help government reach its 50 per cent access target by 2010, diverting money from higher education in the process.

Catherine Fritz
University of Hull

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Elderly woman looking up at sky

A recent paper claims that the quality of researchers declines with age. Five senior scientists consider the data and how they’ve contributed through the years

Woman tearing up I can't sign

Schools and universities are increasingly looking at how improving personalities can boost social mobility. But in doing so, they may be forced to choose between teaching what is helpful, and what is true, says David Matthews

Eleanor Shakespeare illustration 19 May 2016

Tim Blackman’s vision of higher education for the 21st century is one in which students of varying abilities learn successfully together

Otto illustration (5 May 2016)

Craig Brandist on the proletarianisation of a profession and how it leads to behaviours that could hobble higher education

Door peephole painted as bomb ready to explode

It’s time to use technology to detect potential threats and worry less about outdated ideas of privacy, says Ron Iphofen