Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

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Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

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A battle of egos, ergo college is no-go for now

Who has the bigger ego, a college principal or a university vice- chancellor? It is a question as old as time, but we could finally discover the answer now that Highbury College Portsmouth and the University of Portsmouth have engaged in a battle of wills.

Plans for a university technical college (UTC) in the city have stalled as both the college and the university insist they want to lead the project. The university attempted to set up an 11-19 technical academy, but discovered that there is only capital funding for a 14-19 college. Meanwhile, Highbury's plans for a UTC cannot proceed until guess-who agrees to be its university partner.

The situation has left Peter Mitchell, chief executive of the Baker Dearing Educational Trust, which promotes UTCs, in despair. "They both want to be leaders," Mr Mitchell said. "If they work together they could be far more persuasive. It is a real shame. I would hope they could just sit down and work things out. …

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