The English fees debate on Twitter
Speaking of Twitter, if you want some lively and often sarcastic commentary on current higher education events, it’s a good place to go. Here are two tweets from yesterday on the argument about whether English universities should be discouraged from charging the top end £9,000 tuition fees.
The first is by someone pretending to be UK Prime Minister David Cameron:
‘We hope universities wont overcharge, just like we hope bankers won’t pay themselves huge bonuses. They’ll look jolly well silly if they do.’
And here’s the second one:
‘Dear Government, please stop acting shocked when those universities that you told could charge 9k fees start charging 9k fees.’
What occurs to me in reading threads on Twitter about higher education is that the governments and the universities need to get better at having their say in this medium. When I say ‘get better’, I actually mean they need to make a start by participating in the major conversations, not just making news announcements.