Readers' reactions

February 18, 2000

Last month in The THES... Frank Furedi argued that bureaucracy has killed the spirit of academics

David Yeomans Liverpool University

What research has gone into the validating of the bureaucratic systems that British universities are being asked to implement? If their value were explained we might welcome them more.

Reinhard Tenberg

Anglia Polytechnic


Cambridge I could not agree more with the spirit of the article by Frank Furedi, but I believe that the new universities are an even better example of bureaucracy gone mad.

Alf Latham Liverpool University

In Britain we have a cumbersome teaching and learning quality monitoring system that has only an indirect effect on improving delivery. Because of the great number of person-hours involved, it is parasitic on effective university operation.

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