Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, explains why his university and its students’ union has decided to host an independent Commission on Higher Education.
Many of our assumptions about universities are in fact nostalgia for this lost world. So let’s get real. Where are we now?
Shortsighted politicians are reaping the consequences of an unsustainable market in higher education that they themselves created.
The national ‘debate’ about universities is a mess and duplicitous, reflecting the political ambitions of individuals more than the truth.
We need to think in new ways about what Higher Education is for, and who it is for. Education can change lives, but our thinking needs to change with it for the good of all our children.
We are not resting on our laurels. These are tough times for our country and for universities, but we are determined to build on our strengths.
We have to protect their ability to discover and tell the truth, to face the facts about our problems so we stand a chance of finding a solution.