Watchdogs need teeth

February 14, 1997

I was interested to read that the National Audit Office has called for the establishment of an ombudsman for higher education (THES, January 31).

As a Manchester resident, I regularly see half page announcements in the local press, published by the local government ombudsman, to draw attention to the fact that the city council has failed to act on its recommendations. Many of the findings which are so arrogantly ignored, impinge directly on people's lives in housing and educational matters and yet the ombudsman has no powers to require the council to put matters right.

Would higher education institutions be similarly able to cock a snook at the proposed new ombudsman or dare we hope that such a body would actually be given some teeth?

J. Foster West Didsbury, Manchester

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns