The Perverse Modernisation of British Universities

Spring 1998

The conception of ‘modernisation’ being imposed on British universities seems to mean only so-called efficiency gains, competitive stratification through league tables, and students having to fund their own education as an investment in their future. This article argues that the virtues of the British system lie in its high quality, its intensity of teaching, and the broad scope of its educational mission. A truly ‘modern’ approach would seek to make the most of these qualities, not to undermine them.

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