If you favoured (b), you might identify with the trenchant stance taken in a new book by Professor Thomas Docherty, head of English at Warwick University.
is not afraid of courting controversy.
, for those of us who have suffered under its tawdry posturing, is a cancer that gnaws at the core of knowledge, value and freedom in education; its carcinogenic growth is now perhaps the greatest pervasive danger to the function of a university as a surviving institution," he
"It has presided over the valorisation and celebration of mediocrity, paradoxically at the very moment when it is allegedly assuring the public of the quality of education and universities ..."
goes on: "The QAA
would not presume to question the content of my seminars; but they will require an audit trail that 'proves' that I have somehow forced students to achieve certain 'learning outcomes' that are essentially guaranteed by the 'aims, objectives and teaching methods' of my module.
"The role of poetry, in particular, is an issue that I've been mulling over since I was a student at Glasgow University
, 52, confides over a cappuccino in the cafe at Warwick's arts centre.