It’s time for universities to make the case for public education

mortar boardA journalist recently wrote that higher education has been ‘weaponised’ as an issue for the forthcoming General Election. An eventuality that might now be contemplated ruefully by the nation’s Vice-Chancellors who, in future, might be careful what they wish for.

After years of relative invisibility in the public sphere, mentions of universities in politics and the media are now as frequent as mentions of cricket. The optimists among us can congratulate ourselves that this signals a welcome democratisation of higher education. Continue reading