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Money is all that matters at Queen's

Anyone who watched the BBC NI three-part series on Queen's University that was aired a few months ago will hardly be surprised by the vice-chancellor's dismissal of sixth-century historians.

Those programmes contained a mantra from him and his management team to the effect that the university is a business, must be run as a business and, if not, it will go out of business.

It is precisely this mentality that sees degree programmes as "products" and students as "customers" in the "academic marketplace".

All that seems to matter is money, with the result that the leader of a large academic community ends up appearing to belittle one of his own schools.

Oscar Wilde's famous saying about those who know the price of everything, but the value of nothing comes irresistibly to mind.


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