Magazine article Times Higher Education

Small Is Beautiful

Magazine article Times Higher Education

Small Is Beautiful

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"Yet another example of higher education elitism."

That was how Dr Chancer, the Principal of the Lower Poppleton College of Gym Studies, reacted to the recent assertion by Alison Wolf, professor of public sector management at King's College London, that impending government legislation to make it easier to set up "really small" private for-profit universities could lead to an "American-style catastrophe".

"Nobody", said Dr Chancer, "would dream of suggesting that a fish and chip shop should have a requisite number of customers before opening its doors. So why should my HE college with more than 47 students enrolled on Intermediate Zumba, Basic Pilates and Advanced Body Pump have to pass a numbers test and submit to regulations before I can have access to all those buckets of student loan cash?"

Dr Chancer was, however, gratified to learn that the number of students studying at alternative providers had grown from 6,000 in 2010-11 to about 60,000 in 2015 but now wanted to be part of that growth, to see his college become the Lower Poppleton University of Gym Studies, one of the new Willetts Universities where you have only to will it and - hey presto - it's a university!

And another thing

In a recent article in The Poppletonian about the important role of speech and drama in the higher education sector, reference was made to the high status enjoyed in this respect by Central School of Speech & Drama.

However, following the publication of that piece, we were made aware by Central School of Speech & Drama that the school had received a royal charter in 2012 and should therefore have been referred to as Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. …

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