Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vice Chancellors' Pay

My own view of the sainted Vince Cable, formed from actually having read one of his books, is that he seems to be about as cuddly as a piranha; and by the look of him, he still seems to be desperately in need of being introduced to an ear-hair strimmer.
The vice-chancellors are paid too much! That the vice-chancellors are paid too much is not in dispute. That should not be the question. The question should be whether we have too many vice-chancellors. Closing the University of Nutjob-on-Prozac and turning the clock back to 1991, round about the time that John Major gave the process of pauperising the British middle classes a great big helping hand by massively expanding the university network and thus diminishing the value of every degree issued in the country, would be a good place to start. Come to think of it, the climate change unit at the University of East Anglia, the most discredited department in the British university system, would be a marvellous place to start.
But I don't think Dr. Cable would ever dare suggest doing that, given that he now relies on people who believe in pauperising the middle classes in order to stay in power.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Paulinus said...

St Vincent de Cable was at one time in his career a labour Glasgow City councillor which may put his pre-posthumous canonisation into some context(I realise you have had had friends who were also in this position)

I have been examining on a Masters course elsewhere in the UK this week. the quality of the students was, in large part very good, but one third of the canididates gained distinctions, whioch would seem to make something of a mockery of the whole idea. How distinctive do you have to be to gain a distinction?

27 May, 2010 09:29  
Blogger Martin said...

Dunno, Paulinus. One hopes the meds are better trained than the lawyers.

27 May, 2010 23:41  

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