As parties tour the country parading their shiny manifestos and skilfully dodging the tough questions from the press, much confusion ensues over the problem of inequality in higher education and how best to address it.
The media and the press have bashed us with endless sequences of statistics and figures about the loss of fee revenues and research funding universities would incur as the result of a Brexit. There is no doubt that this is a real threat for the health of the British Higher Education system, but when thinking education we should not focus exclusively on money matters: quality is the real concern. I am an immigrant academic, who had to compete to secure an academic job in the UK. More than that, I am the teacher of a large and internationally diverse group of students, and I can appreciate the benefits of working in an internationalised campus environment. In this post I will argue that competition among academics, and diversity within the student population, are the key determinants of quality and excellence of the British Higher Education system. Brexit is a threat to such excellence, and here are the reasons why. Continue reading “Higher Education and Brexit: It is not just about the money”
Should the government restrict private schools’ ability to increase fees? It’s an intriguing question, with a complicated (and ideology laden) answer. On the one hand, fee increases are necessary to maintain the quality of service delivery (i.e. to adequately compensate teachers and maintain facilities in the face of inflationary pressures). On the other hand, it’s important to keep education affordable, particularly when its production has such large positive spill overs for society. Given that the value of education is so high, it seems like there is no limit to fee increases.