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The Browne Review report

Too depressing for words. If I can muster the energy, I'll write a longer commentary later this week. For the time being, let me echo the words of Sally Hunt: "Lord Browne's recommendations, if enacted, represent the final nail in the coffin for affordable higher education."

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I hear stories of students being disruptive in ways I only ever imagined happened at school, and was personally given shit by another student last year after I asked student A who had persistently failed to do any preparation including group work to leave a small group tutorial. I think we're seeing not only people unfitted to HE doing degrees, but also a result of the break down of educational authority at school level (one small point is that I really dislike the way Sheffield students automatically adress me by first name. if they asked I'd say yes: but it shouldn;t be assumed.)

Yes, I agree with you entirely about the lack of respect for authority. My right ear literally does not work, which you can't tell by looking at me. But it means hearing a lecture is more demanding for me, especially if the acoustics in the room are not good and the lecturer is not vocally trained to deliver a lecture. But I ended up having to sit with people who were talking amongst themselves, rustling bags, getting up to go in and out of the room. I just could not believe that they could do that ! It must be even harder to deal with when you are the lecturer !

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