Letter: Professors' quality

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Sir: The president of my college, Lord Callaghan, is quoted today as stating that standards have dropped among policemen, politicians and university professors. As a professor no longer practising in England, I should be interested in knowing the basis of this judgement as regards professors.

I have spent all my life working in universities. As a young man of 30, I had the same salary as a lawyer friend aged 27. Six years ago, the salary of my lawyer daughter of 27 was several thousand pounds more than my professorial terminal salary. Perhaps this denigration of universities by successive governments has accounted for the perceived drop in standards?

Yours faithfully,


Loughborough, Leicestershire

25 June