Readers' reactions

Last month in The THES.. Andrew Oswald called on the government to increase fees paid by students to universities.

Andrew J. Morgan. University of Wales Swansea. It is sophistry to argue that fees could replace taxation to support higher education. We should all pay, as we do for the health service and the police: we all have a stake in these social institutions. Introducing the fee has created an obstacle for poor students and overcoming it with a scholarship merely shifts the moral bias - inequity remains. The only qualification for entry to higher education should be the ability of the candidate.

Janice Overal. Single parent with two children in higher education.

Which ivory tower in Warwick does Andrew Oswald live in? Has he approached his students or their parents for a view of the realistic financial nightmare that many of us endure? Go out into the real world, Mr Oswald, glean other opinions and facts from the "ordinary people" whose children are struggling in order to extend their knowledge to make a difference, whose ambition is supported by parents whose financial position is crippling and where every penny counts.

Muir Houston University of Paisley. Scotland.

Oh really, Andrew Oswald speaks such rubbish. I thought these backward ideas had long been thrown out. His piece is a short step from advocating the forced sterilisation of plumbers, blacks and any other minority apart from white bourgeois reactionaries like the author. I am disturbed that such genetic fallacies -the better the genes the better the university place - are given space. But since it comes from an economist it should be treated, like the rest of their pseudo-science, with the contempt it deserves.

The above are writing in a personal capacity.

Already registered?

Sign in now if you are already registered or a current subscriber. Or subscribe for unrestricted access to our digital editions and iPad and iPhone app.

Register to continue  

You've enjoyed reading five THE articles this month. Register now to get five more, or subscribe for unrestricted access.

Most Commented

  • Man measuring bar graphs with tape measure

An Elsevier analysis explores the viability of a ‘smarter and cheaper’ model

  • David Willetts

The former universities minister discusses the reforms that reshaped higher education and his first steps into academia

  • Man holding a box filled with work-related items

Refusal by John Allen to obey instruction from manager at Queen Mary University of London led to his sacking, tribunal rules

  • A black and white crowd scene with a few people highlighted

What are the key issues local union branches are dealing with, and how do they manage relationships with institutions in what many activists argue is an increasingly confrontational environment?

  • Muslim woman at graduation ceremony, Barbican, London

Sector called on to embrace faith-related concerns in intellectual debates