You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need. (How my Grandfather got to Oxford).

It would be easy to take the view that I'm against universities given some of my output in the last few weeks. So in the interests of balance here's my counterpoint - yes, I do think that schools are pandering to an outmoded way of thinking that is designed to appease parents, patronise the less [...]

Turn up, tune in, drop out.

I've been gobbing off about this for a while now but new figures show even more clearly that the schools' push to get all students, regardless of their aptitude or suitability, into university is demonstrably failing. Not in the goal, they are indeed packing them in there, but keeping them there is something quite, quite [...]

What now? Really? *Shakes head* (GCSE shake up leaves everyone sweary and annoyed. And confused.)

When is a pass not a pass? When a lump headed dilettante starts dicking around with stuff they don't understand. As if life today weren't tough enough, as if there wasn't already too much uncertainty, stress and anxiety facing every student, or,  indeed pretty much every person in the UK, we've only gone and piled [...]

The relentless march towards faux social mobility is devoured by its own hubris. (Or why university is getting worse. Still.)

What's that? Did anyone else hear clucking? Pay it no never mind, it's just the chickens coming home to roost. I've spoken a lot on this page about the danger of the 'university at any cost' thinking, as well as the risk posed to the devaluation of degrees because of this and the fallout from [...]

World University Rankings released – why are we Brits so unambitious when it comes to university selection?

Finally some good news! Well, qualified good news. Well. Qualified good news that will have a small impact on a small minority of people. But good news nevertheless. The Times Higher Education rankings for 2017 (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/world-reputation-rankings-2017-results-announced) have been released and the UK can proudly boast of its having 10 in the top 100 universities globally. [...]