UK: University 'consumer culture' warningBBC.
Michael Farthing, the incoming chair of the 1994 Group, challenged the government's plans for a shake-up of higher education in England. He criticised the "lack of attention" to postgraduate students in the changes to student finances. A government spokesman defended plans for more "student choice".
The speech by Farthing, vice-chancellor of Sussex University, expressed disappointment with the government's white paper, which sets out a course for a higher education system shaped by competition and market forces. "We cannot fall into the trap of reducing higher education to a set of simple transactions. Universities are so much more than warehouses that sell off-the-shelf qualifications, and students are more than consumers purchasing degree certificates," said Farthing.
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