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British universities are in a mess. The only sensible strategy is to give up the pretence of uniform and standards and follow the US

As the academic year winds down into summer lethargy, the Association of University Teachers is getting ready to disrupt the August admissions season. Next term there will be a student campaign of refusal to pay tuition fees. Academics want higher salaries; the students don’t want to pay fees. Because the taxpayer wants to pay no more taxes, solidarity between teachers, the taught, and the general public is unlikely. In the background are grumbles over falling standards, inadequate facilities and bureaucratic overload. The only thing about tertiary education on which everyone agrees is that it is a mess.

It is a…

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