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Bloody lecturers

June 5, 2009

The universities minister, John Denham, has blamed poor teaching for an increase in the percentage of students not completing their degrees.

In a letter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Denham said: ‘No doubt there will be a number of factors to explain why certain institutions have particularly low retention rates. However, it seems likely that the quality of teaching and the student experience will be important components.’

I fucking despair.

And according to the Daily Mail Mr Denham has warned that institutions with high drop- out rates would in future be ‘named and shamed’.

Well at least that might draw attention away from MPs’ expenses scandal…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2009 12:40 pm

    Ach. He’s gone now – he’s over running my bit of the world, not yours.

    For a while.

    Till the Tories come along and decide that it’s not poor teaching at all, but an issue of over supply…

    Shame about Denham – I knew him very slightly in my early twenties and he was a good principled lefty.

  2. Rab permalink*
    June 5, 2009 1:06 pm

    Hi Charlie,
    A colleague just commented that no matter how bad student retention rates, it’s nothing to the current cabinet’s retention of ministers.

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