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I have written at length about the current state of Higher Education in the UK and in particular on the trebling of tuition fees in English universities. However, in Spring of last year, Joanna Callaghan (an AHRC-funded filmmaker and Senior Lecturer in Media, Art and Design at Bedfordshire University) and I felt that another kind of response was also needed to the situation we find ourselves in, one in which academics might also offer a gesture similar to those made by the generation of students who have so intelligently and imaginatively opposed the Coalition’s policy on fees. In order to do justice to the cause of the student protestors, and the idea of the university we believe in, we felt a creative response was also needed. This is why we made “I melt the glass with my forehead”: a film... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Research Blogs
This is the complete unedited video of the documentary film “I melt the glass with my forehead”: a film about £9,000 tuition fees, how we got them, and what to do about it Directed and Produced by Joanna Callaghan and Martin McQuillan (Heraclitus Pictures, 2012) Related Links The making of... co-director Martin McQuillan explains why he made "I melt the glass with my forehead" Full text of the poem that the title is taken from, A Cloud In Trousers Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2012 at Research Blogs
The higher education white paper fails at every turn to deliver the myth of ‘teaching excellence’, says Martin McQuillan. It's time to put aside naked self-interest and restore sanity to UK higher education. The Higher Education White Paper is a shallow, anaemic document which sets out a series of technocratic solutions to the cost of the ongoing policy disaster of English tuition fees. It has been commented before that the White Paper fails to offer any sort of vision for the sector, or mention research, or indeed mention any flavour of university other than the Russell Group. This is unless one considers the White Paper’s title ‘Putting Students at the Heart of the System’ a vision rather than a tautology: it’s a bit like calling a transport white paper ‘Allowing People to Drive Cars on Roads’. However, even this talk... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2011 at Research Blogs
Whatever you think of private universities, AC Grayling's proposed new 'university' will be a sparkling exemplar compared with those offered by private providers poised to enter the UK market now that students may have access loans and fees underwritten by the British tax payer. I have nothing against private universities. Some of my best friends and intellectual heroes work in private universities. Last time I looked Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Duke, Emory, Notre Dame were all still private institutions; they just don’t happen to be in this country. The reason to be bothered at all about Anthony Grayling’s New College for the Humanities is not that it is private but that it is not a university. A university would teach undergraduates, postgraduates, and doctoral students across a broad range of disciplines in a research community to ensure the transmission of disciplinary... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2011 at Research Blogs
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