Letter: Educating the unenthralled

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Sir: So Dr David West (Letters, 28 July) wants "value for money" from universities: he wants to pay for "education", not (apparently) for research. He seems very unenthralled with all sorts of aspects of a system which, for all its faults, appears to have provided him with the qualifications to allow him to earn the sort of salary which means he can now pay for his daughter to go through university. Lucky him.

It's just that I am not myself too enthralled to see that someone who signs himself "Dr" cannot see the connection between research and "education".

Professor D A TROTTER

Department of European Languages

The University of Wales