without waiting for Lord Brown of Madingley's report, the new government make proncouncements about UK Universities - the BBC is reporting David Willett's saying he needs 700M savings and the coalition's evidence-free arguments that
a) we (the uk universities) are in a financial mess
b) that we have to find ways to be cheaper and more flexible.
Well we don't actually. We are quite cheap (which is because we have to serve the UK government) compared to a lot of EU and US universities AND we are evidentially quite flexible and quite good (compred to most EU universities) - the government should check the figures on health and education in the UK and compare them with similar quality systems in the world. We attract a lot of overseas students of very high quality preceisely because we strike both a bargain, and a high standard. We don';t have to serve the UK - we could just turn into private institutions for rich kids from here and overeas. Or we could be rubbish. But we are not inflexible or expensive.
Frankly, I'd held out a bit of hope that this new government would actually base its policy on facts, but it looks like I was hopelessly naive and sentimental.
What a shame