Education: Letter - At last, the `quality' regime exposed

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Well done, Susan Bassnett (View From Here, Education+, 12 February). At last a senior academic has had the integrity and guts to expose the Quality Assessment Exercise as a fundamentally flawed and destructive exercise which has done enormous damage to the morale and esprit de corps of university academics and occupied vast amounts of their time and energy which should have been available for "educating the next generation" and for research; and all at an enormous, and unrevealed, cost to the taxpayer.

I look forward to reading the response from the Quality Assurance Council.

Frank Fahy, Emeritus Professor of Engineering Acoustics, Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton