How do we tell the good universities from the bad?

UK“One is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, synonymous with dreaming spires and David Cameron’s formative years. The other is a former polytechnic whose famous alumni include Panther from the TV series Gladiators. But when the vice-chancellors of Oxford University and its neighbour Oxford Brookes University testified together before a Commons committee last March, they were united on one thing. Asked how a 2:1 in history from one could possibly be worth the same as a 2:1 from the other, given their differing intakes and teaching methods, both went to great lengths to avoid answering …” (more)

[Gaby Hinsliff, Observer, 2 August]

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