However, there are a number of serious points at issue. At the time the two Alans graduated from university, graduates were guaranteed employment in some sort of profession. In the Nineties, with 30 per cent of 18-year- olds going into higher education, they are not; and increasing numbers of employers are claiming that graduates do not possess the kind of skill they require.
Those who advocate making the skills acquired by students explicit are doing nothing more than making sure that there is some connection between studying for a degree and gaining employment.
PROFESSOR ALISON ASSITER
University of the West of England