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

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Thank you indeed for Susan Bassnett's splendid article on the "quality" bureaucracy in higher education. At last someone has spoken out!

Most of the university teachers I know would like to get out of the profession if they could. We don't mind hard work, and we don't mind being monitored. What we find intolerable is that at a time when we are all being asked to work harder because of leaner funding, a great proportion of our effort is being squandered in bureaucratic trivialities, whose only apparent purpose is to further the importance of the bureaucrats.

This has played a large part in turning a job that used to be about flair and initiative into an impossible drudgery. Is this the atmosphere in which we want tomorrow's leaders to be educated?

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