Speaking before the event, protester Mark Bergfeld said: \”This college will be nothing more than a bastion of the rich. It represents the full marketisation of higher education.\”
Another protester, who gave her name as Rosa, said: \”It\’s a symptom of the new system the Tories want to introduce where education is just accessible to an elite few.\”
Look, anyone can sign up with the University of London external degree department and study for the same degree. They supply the books, CD Roms, online courses and do the examining all for £1,500 a year for an undergraduate degree (Masters etc are £920 a module, you usually need 10 modules to get the Master\’s). Library and student union access is a further £20 a year.
What Grayling etc are offering for their extra £16,500 a year is tutoring to get you through that degree. Like many other companies do, both here in the UK and abroad.
Now perhaps Rosa could explain to us all how people paying for private tutoring, not drawing upon public funds to do their degree, diminishes the ability of those who do rely upon public funds to take their degree?
And as for Marky, look, this is what the University of London has been doing since 1836. This is precisely why it was set up. So as to provide an examining board and degree accreditation for member colleges. It\’s exactly what the Webbs did when they set up the London School of Economics: hmm, OK, we\’ll do the teaching the way we want to do it but we need a university to actually award the degrees.
Aha! U of London, just the ticket!
Drivelling nonsense from these people. This is what the University of London is for: to provide degrees and examinations, to assure standards, for alternative colleges and study methods.