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What price education?

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With politicians asking questions about the value of higher education, and some universities fearing financial ruin as a result of Covid-19, time to revisit one of my 2002 columns for Planning.

In the UK, higher education has increasingly been seen only as a way into better employment. For me it was always much more than that. This article was first published in Planning on 25 January 2002 and is reproduced by kind permission of the editor. The RTPI Education Commission fundamentally reshaped professional planning education in the UK by opening the way to accreditation of 12 month post-graduate courses;  previously the minimum duration was 2 academic years full-time. This came at a time when many planning schools were in difficulty recruiting students, and universities in general were struggling financially. The article also picks up changes that have now become established - the importance of research for funding and prestige, and the use of cheap staff to teach, effectively on zero hours contracts in many cases.

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