Can't switch off

March 4, 2005

Finally, if you have ever had cause to wonder whether Universities UK or the Association of University Teachers union are really committed to their mission, we have proof that they are indeed obsessed. As closing time approached and speech became increasingly slurred, representatives of both organisations were overheard at the "after party" in the Salisbury pub still hotly debating higher education issues.

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