Higher education no longer considered good value

The Student Academic Experience Survey, from the Higher Education Policy Unit and the Higher Education Academy, tracks the views of students about their time in higher education, based on a sample of about 14,000 current students. Levels of satisfaction with university “value for money” have now fallen for the fifth year in a row. Five …

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Being found out, French fashion

Volkswagen brought national shame on Germany when it was found to have cheated on diesel emissions. Now Renault is doing the same for France. The carmaker is now under judicial investigation after France’s anti-fraud agency found it was using secret devices to give false readings in lab emission tests – and may have been doing …

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The effects of privatisation

To The Guardian National good “Nationalised industries have had a bad press for some 40 years, especially from neo-liberal fundamentalists. Martin Kettle’s comments on the Royal Mail appear to come from a misunderstanding of the core principle of how the nationalised industries worked: cross subsidy. Any idiot can deliver letters in a town or city …

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America – land of the giant monopolies

In an article entitled “The problem with profits” The Economist of March 23rd virtually agrees with American protestors who say that the whole American political and economic system, once so vibrant and competitive, is broken (amazing, but refreshing, coming from the rather right- wing Economist). The article does, however, add something which gets little comment …

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Trump and the Russians: a simple explanation?

We now know that Trump’ income last yeat was $598 million.  The question is – is this sufficient to cover the interest payments owed to the Russians on their extensive loans?  I have a theory that the Russians were very nervous about Trump’s finances, and helped him win the election, knowing that he would make …

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