Sunday, 14 April 2013
goodbye Berlin, hello Bakewell
Just back from a short trip to Berlin which featured a visit to the Reichstag - an architectural invitation to transparency and reflection which never fails to inspire. It was good to experience (albeit briefly) Berlin's energy and style (and to escape the Thatcher media frenzy for a few days). Back to work now and an opportunity to reflect on Joan Bakewell's welcome intervention in the part-time study debate http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-22039482 . Government statements on the issue seem wilfully blinkered if not purposefully obtuse. The facts are that part-time undergraduate enrolments in higher education for 2012/13 are down 40%; postgraduate down 27%, following the introduction of significantly higher tuition fees. Keep your eyes peeled for the outcome of the UUK Review of part-time study http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/highereducation/Pages/UniversitiesUKpart-timeReview.aspx.