In response to Laura Perrins: Exposed: The university con trick, Paulski wrote:
I am reading David Craig’s book at the moment and to say it shines a light on the bad practices at most universities and the courses they offer is an understatement.
Picked at random, here are four facts that underline how these institutions let down the students, most of whom are completely unsuitable for the intellectual demands most people would expect of a university.
In 2010 51 per cent of undergraduates enrolled with the equivalent of DDD or less at ‘A’ Level.
At Sunderland University a mark of 50.8 per cent would achieve a first class degree, 67 per cent of all students achieved either a first or 2:1 in 2015 compared with 33 per cent in 1970.
Each year students borrow £10billion to £12billion from the Student Loans Company. If a student borrowed £48k over their course, they would owe £51k at graduation. If they earned £25k in their first ten years of work, £35k in their second ten years and £50k in their third ten years they would have repaid £31.5k, mostly in their final ten years. However due to compound interest they still owe £39,500. After thirty years the debt is written off. Most students will never reach these salary levels. (Statistics to back this up are in the book.)
In 1994 96,118 students studied engineering. In 2013 93,945 did so.
In 1994 62,835 students studied creative arts and design. In 2013 134,250 did so.
Please read Mr Craig’s book and those about to attend ‘new’ universities studying courses that oversupply graduates should think exceedingly carefully about who will really benefit from the degree they are about to enrol on.