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University education – just for the rich?

June 7th, 2011 by Graham Attwell
I have often been accused of being alarmist in claiming that the UK government is attempting to priovatise the education system.

The latest move to set up a private humanities univeristy in London charging £18000 a year shows quite clearly the path policy makers are pursuing. The present policy caps fees at £9000 a year and even with loans this will be an insuperable barrier to many potentail students from pooer families. But I suspect the annoucnement of the private university was with the full knowledge of the governement who see it as another step to saying the univeristies can charge what they like and apply for a subsidy from public expenditure.
Not only will this result in a two tier system but will ultimaltely result in a university system only open to the rich.
It does seem somewhat of a cheek that the curriculum has been plagiarised from a publicly funded body.

clipped from www.guardian.co.uk

A new private university college founded by the philosopher AC Grayling and staffed by celebrity professors will teach exactly the same syllabuses as the University of London, which charges half the price, it has emerged.

Students of the New College of the Humanities will pay £18,000 a year to take courses in history, English literature and philosophy that are already on offer at Birkbeck, Goldsmiths and Royal Holloway for £9,000 or less.

Academics complained that syllabuses listed on the New College website appeared to have been copied from the University of London’s own web pages in a move some said amounted to plagiarism.

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