Lord Lucas argues that “Acting like spoiled children will do UK universities no favours” (Opinion, 18 May). Perhaps, but the government must remember that it exists to serve us, the citizens and organisations of the UK, not the other way around.
That said, the best way to put a case to the government is to present ready-made proposals, fully considered and supported by evidence (surely not hard for academics to do), with the clear implication that “This is how it shall be…now go and sort it out”.
Merely whining or rubbishing ministers’ proposals will not get you very far. Nor will each university working separately – at least in this Lord Lucas is correct: a collective approach will be most effective, all of us adding our voices to a single proposed course of action that will suit our needs and work within the framework of a just and fair society.