Friday, 31 August 2012

Weeding out the HFE dross

If you're leaving a British school with 3 A* grades at A level and want to continue a higher level education, London Metropolitan University probably won't be the first institution on your list. As North London Poly it undoubtedly offered vocational training of some quality, and a few remnants of that excellence remain. But on the whole, it is a third-rate institution staffed by second-rate academics and sustained by BCC A level scholars and tens of millions a year of foreign fees. In fact, so important are foreign fees that LMU maintains offices in  Beijing, Chennai, Delhi, Dhaka, Lagos and Lahore - and one suspects it's largely these offices that are responsible for the quite proper decision to strip LMU of its foreign admission powers. It turns out that places were awarded (and presumably fees collected from) students who never turned up for class, that places were awarded (and presumably fees collected from) students who turned up to class but didn't have valid student visas, and that few LMU foreign students of any variety could understand English sufficiently to undertake capably a higher education course taught in that language.

If LMU folds, one hopes the Sir John Cass Foundation finds a new parent institution. The 'Cass', like the London College of Printing, Central St Martins, Goldsmiths and a few other institutions, have been the cradle of much London talent, and the new spiv universities have done little but devalue their excellence. The demise of LMU may also mean a crisis for the Women's Library, the archives of the Fawcett Society, the TUC library and the Irish Studies collection, but one hope one will be able to bear these latter losses with fortitude.   

4 comments:

G. Tingey said...

Yes
AND
NO

Cass must not close, and the loss of the Fawcett Library would be a real loss - much valuable historical material there.
Ditto the TUC library, actually, especially for later historians, trying to work out what went wrong, compared to trades unions in, say, Germany.

The refusal of both "management" & unions to embrace syndicalism &/or co-operative models is probably to blame.

Ian Hills said...

The Cass should join the University of the Arts, as several decent art colleges have already.

As for the Women's Library, the Fawcett Society, the TUC library and the Irish Studies collection, just give them to the Equalities Commission.

Alternatively sell them off for redevelopment, the proceeds going to EDL.

Farenheit211 said...

If LMU does go tits up (and I hope the old London Institute entities survive) ALL the libraries should be preserved. Maybe New Hall should take care of them. LCP used to be the premier photographic college back in the day.

The sort of dross in the University that's been running the foreign student scam (and it does look like a scam) they can starve as far as I'm concerned, but sadly they probably won't just as like as not mutate into education consultants.

G. Tingey said...

Ian Hills
You are an IDIOT

Written records are valuable pointers.
We make enough mistakes repeating historical errors, as it is, without deliberately making sure that we will make the exact same cock-up again, because we've lost or destroyed the records.
Really!

Your sympathy for the EDl is a give-away.

Are you aware that our species' name is, properly:
Home sapiens sapientes Africanus

"Man who thinks he thinks, who comes from Africa" ??

No

I suggest you are as wrong & out-of-date as the YE cretinists (oops, "creationists")