Angela Rayner: "If Labour get into power on the 13th we will abolish tuition fees. No ifs, no buts. Absolutely
Think the Lab-LD Coalition had something like that but the SNP scrapped it.youngian wrote: ↑Tue Nov 12, 2019 5:02 pmAngela Rayner: "If Labour get into power on the 13th we will abolish tuition fees. No ifs, no buts. Absolutely
You could replace it with The Student Investment Tax. Its like tuition fees but called a tax and an investment. Doesn’t Scotland do something slippery like that?
I feel like the two are connected though. Big salary VCs focusing on milking international students and education-as-product... goes hand-in-hand with using post-docs and PhD students on cheaper insecure contracts than lecturers on permanent deals. Cheap cheap cheaaaaap.Tubby Isaacs wrote: ↑Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:50 pm
I don't like this stuff. Just in terms of the turnover of modern universities, we're talking huge amounts of money to be in charge of. And the skill set goes much wider than just managing money- you have to have academic credibility and knowledge, and be able to fund raise. It's very much an international job market too. Though Labour doubtless thinks it's playing a populist blinder on this stuff, I'm very doubtful it's working politically. People might say "X is paid too much", but many of them probably say "the government needs to interfere less" or "governments shouldn't punish success" at the same time.
Much better though has been the stuff on working conditions in higher education. Go for this, big time.
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