I’ve just learnt of the new plans of A C Grayling to start a US styled, Harvard quality Humanities University along the river Thames in London.
I think it’s a complete and utter joke.
The Humanities University is meant to be a top notch university, for only the best students, but with scholarships to include poorer students.
You can read all about it here and here.
But the reason I find the whole notion a joke is for a few reasons.
I don’t get what the point of this bright idea is. In fact, it isn’t a bright idea at all. It’s a complete and utter farce. It seems to me like a self promotion of arrogance. And a university, which I’m sure will become unsustainable. And I hope that this is what happens.
No wonder students are unhappy about these plans. And I’m joining them in their unhappiness. There’s no need to create a university of this type when we have perfectly good ones already, with lower tuition fees, and professors who genuinely care about their students, not about their personal celebrity status.
Forget it Grayling. Most students will continue to go to normal universities where they can be real students and gain a respectable degree. And the really clever ones will continue to go to Oxbridge. As for me, I’m more than happy at Cardiff; normal tuition fees, great support, great teaching, great student life and amazing memories. I don’t need to pay three times what I am now, or listen to the drivel of Richard Dawkins to get what I’m getting already, thank you very much.
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But surely the point is that we choose the university we want to go to. The fact that they’re creating this university as far as the likes of me and you are concerned is irrelevant, it doesn’t impact us in anyway and only affects the people who decide to go to it.
So they’re charging £18,000 a year, what does that matter to anyone? People who can’t afford it can go to a different university with a decent course and as prestigious as this university is, it will never eclipse the proven reputations of Cambridge or Oxford! For those that can afford it, the cost is probably pretty much irrelevant anyway.
So why on earth would anyone be upset about it? It shouldn’t affect them, and as you yourself has said there are more than decent alternatives available.
If I didn’t know you better I would say this article has been created to give a sly dig at Richard Dawkins…
Josh, thanks for commenting!
The reason I’m unhappy about the idea is that I think the university has been established under false pretences.
But you’re completely right – there are decent alternatives available, and I don’t think this will majorly affect the running of the university education system.
I’m also glad you’re reading between the lines! Good observation about the Richard Dawkins theory; I do indeed like to have a dig at him when and where it’s due. And I also like to be controversial in my posting! But I’m not the only one:
Archbishop Cranmer has also commented on a new story which I find interesting and may blog on very soon: http://archbishop-cranmer.blogspot.com/2011/06/richard-dawkins-pronounces-year-zero.html
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