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By prospect   February 2003


28th December 2002

Predictably, the public relations team of Universities UK has said that it is “absurd” for Shirley Williams (January) to say that there are no first-class universities left in Britain. I think she is wrong, but she is far from absurd. She’s wrong, because we still do well those things that don’t demand vast resources: Oxbridge provides a better undergraduate education than anywhere in the world, and graduates get a less mechanical and more attentive doctoral education than in the US. What we can’t do is spend a fifth as much as Stanford, Harvard and Yale…

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