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Universities fail to make the grade on tackling outdated traditions

Jon Tonge


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Hats off: To their credit, universities have worked hard on allowing students to enjoy graduation. Credit: Getty Images

Hats off: To their credit, universities have worked hard on allowing students to enjoy graduation. Credit: Getty Images

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Hats off: To their credit, universities have worked hard on allowing students to enjoy graduation. Credit: Getty Images

For institutions supposedly containing clever and innovative people, universities are sometimes strangely conservative places. We sometimes stick to outdated practices even when they are clearly in need of overhaul. To benefit not just the current cohort of 66,000 students at Northern Ireland’s universities (2.75 million across the UK) here are a few suggestions for change.

Applications to university should be made after A-level results are known, not before. If I’d received a tenner every time this change was promised, I would have retired early with my fortune.


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