In an article for the Guardian, Michael Arthur and Wendy Piatt write that, following the swingeing cuts announced recently by The Lord High Mandleson..
".. our gold standard system could be replaced with one of silver, bronze or worse"
Universities are facing cuts of nearly a billion pounds over the next three years, and they fear worse is still to come.
The Russell Group. which includes Oxford and Cambridge universities as well as Warwick and Glasgow among others, said
"..the upshot would be universities facing the closure of hundreds of courses, with fewer academic staff and bigger classes .. as many as 30 universities might not survive in their current form"
But you know what? Perhaps these cuts might be a not-entirely-bad, even a good, thing. Although not in the way the moronic 'anti-elitist' Labour party think.
Perhaps, if we're lucky, the 30 universities that 'might not survive' will be the crappy, created-five-years-ago, University of Mid-Wessexshires that have sprung up to take all the extra students that Labour yearned to create.
Perhaps the courses that will be cut will be the fucking ridiculous new courses, introduced under this Government so that all - including the non-academic and the terminally thick - may have prizes. Will we really miss all those graduates in Practical Haircare and Ambulatory Studies?
Perhaps - and wouldn't this be great? - it might once more be quite difficult to get into a University? Perhaps a degree might once more be worth something, because it takes some intelligence and some fucking effort to get one?
Love science, want to make it your career? Fine, study hard for a Physics Degree.
Want to teach Chemistry? Great. Get yourself a Chemistry degree, show you understand your subject.
Adore literature? Want to read and analyse the great works? Good - off you go for your Arts Degree.
Got one A-level, don't know what to do next, can't find a job?
Keep fucking looking.