On Grayling\’s New College

Here\’s something that would be amusing for a bored blogger to research.

AC Grayling\’s new college (erm, New College) will be offering London University International Degrees. That\’s the sort of external degree that many places around the world offer. I think I\’m right in saying that the LUID in economics is overseen by the LSE for example. You can take it by correspondence course (as Mugabe did for two degrees I think while in prison), over the internet and so on.

And I think that there are a number of places around the world where you can be \”aided\” through this process. Schools that teach you to this course, you take the exams and as long as you pass, you get your London University degree.

So what would be fun to have would be a list of places which do this: and their fees. Doesn\’t have to be complete.

Just a list of places which already do what Grayling\’s intending to do.

Fun for two reasons: from one side to be able to say that Grayling\’s not offering anything new.

From the other, to wave in front of those academics who are complaining about what he\’s intending to do. Look, see, this already happens, so why the whining?


4 thoughts on “On Grayling\’s New College”

  1. The London external LLB is well established as an excellent qualification (and no, I have no vested interest in it), for which institutions worldwide will prepare you, often for quite modest fees (including the like of local fe/adult education colleges) in the UK.

  2. The UoL external system is a glory of British Higher Education. The UoL was established as an examining body, initially for Kings and UCL, but fairly quickly threw its degrees open to any willing, matriculated, candidate – from wherever. External candidates had to find their own tution or teach themselves. Even so the UoL saw a demand (The market was working!). The external degrees have always been highly regarded throughout the world – for the rigour of the syllabus, the examinations, the supervision, and the marking. And since the examiners do not know the students whose papers they mark, the honesty and objectivity of the system. It is relatively cheap, and as far as I know, is self-supporting.

  3. “The UoL was established as an examining body, initially for Kings”

    As I read that phrase, the words ‘And the LSE wasn’t founded for dictators’ popped into my head.

    Pay £18,000 a year to listen to Dawkins and Ferguson? Are they having a laugh?

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