In your account ("Intellectuals fight 'dumbing down'", THES, March 12) of the Culture Wars Conference, I am reported as saying that "students had been turned into clients and education into a leisure activity".
Unless this is an ironic reference to my being on study leave this semester, it gives the preposterous impression that students experience their time at university as a "leisure activity".
What I said, on the contrary, was that institutions of education are rapidly becoming institutions of vocational training and that education is becoming increasingly a function of the leisure industry. Universities must retain their educational purposes.
Stephen Rowland Director Higher Education Research Centre Sheffield University