Think pieces tagged Higher Education

One Solo

November 2011

What are you? “You are what you eat”. So I learnt in biology. But the world is getting fat. And running out of food.   What are you? “You are what you think”, the philosopher smugly opines. Can I ever know what you really think? In fact, do you know...

It’s not just about the money

November 2011

Over the course of successive governments, education in the UK has been debated in terms which, deliberately or not, have reduced it to the realm of the economic and functional. Why should you do well at school? To win a place at a good university. And why should you go...

The dangers of the discourse of skills

November 2011

In 2005 I became Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London, a higher education institution renowned for its creative buzz, for graduates who were dynamic, imaginative and at times difficult. Many of them fit well into the creative and cultural economy. The sector skills council Skillset was establishing Media Academies, recognizing...

A new renaissance in learning

November 2011

I graduated in the early ‘70s. It should have been an era of mass factory education, following the post-war baby boom. At one stage, that era saw a new school opening daily in the UK. Every school had near identical galvanized steel windows. Yet when my partner was in the...