Universities are broke. So let’s cut the pointless admin and get back to teaching


The meaningless tasks and faux-business strategies prioritised by British universities have skewed their real role

As students have been celebrating their exam results, pundits from across the political spectrum have been commiserating the state of British universities.

Andrew Adonis, an education minister during the Blair years, has excoriated universities for offering costly courses while jacking up the pay of their senior leaders.

Exu 5eNick Timothy, Theresa May’s ex-advisor, thinks UK universities are an unsustainable “Ponzi scheme”.

The universities minister, Jo Johnson, has written about the need to put further pressure on seats of higher learning so…

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