Universities

Freshers week is torture for an ageing academic like me

20 September 2018 8:00

A fellow academic once said that working at a university is one of only a few places where you grow…

Revealed: the Scottish uni courses for (feepaying) English students only

17 August 2018 16:57

When Alex Salmond stepped down as First Minister, he famously unveiled a commemorative stone engraved with the message ‘The rocks…

The true cost of the Stepford Students

18 June 2018 17:14

It has become abundantly clear in recent years that becoming a Social Justice Warrior (SJW) is bad for your health.…

Glasgow School of Art is much more than just an art college

16 June 2018 12:53

Let’s be clear. This is not Grenfell. The word ‘tragedy’ may be all over the news, Twitter may be full…

How my lame joke saw me fall foul of the campus zealots

14 May 2018 15:00

The International Studies Association (ISA) meeting in San Francisco is a chance for academics the world over to come together.…

Universities are becoming laughing stocks of intolerance

24 February 2018 9:30

This week my employer, Harvard University, announced its next president, Lawrence Bacow. The campus newspaper asked what advice I would…

The Spectator Podcast: The truth about plastic

18 January 2018 17:43

On this week’s episode, we investigate the truth about plastic, the environmental enemy du jour in 2018. We also try…

Critics of grammar schools are wrong

26 October 2017 12:51

Bright but poor kids have been failed for decades. Since the abolition of grammar school expansion some forty years ago,…

MPs are undermining Britain’s world-class university system

26 October 2017 12:38

The debate about universities in the last few days has been extremely frustrating. Britain has the two best universities in…

The Spectator Podcast: Campus tyranny

24 August 2017 13:54

On this week’s episode of The Spectator Podcast we look at the issue of ‘safe spaces’ on campuses and beyond. We…

Are conservatives a bunch of neanderthals? Some on the left seem to think so

15 June 2017 13:05

How tragic that the country – and indeed the world – is being dragged rightwards by a bunch of Neanderthal…

Jewish students are turning their backs on British universities. Who can blame them?

26 April 2017 14:30

Universities up and down the land are clambering to recruit students in time for the start of the new academic…

British universities must admit that there are some upsides to Brexit

24 April 2017 15:17

Britain’s universities are finding it hard to look on the bright side of Brexit. One of their big gripes is…

The great Brexit exodus of EU students isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

3 April 2017 14:00

Remember the hoo-ha about the sharp fall in the number of EU students applying to study at British universities? Numbers…

The real gender gap is not about women’s pay but boys’ lack of attainment

25 February 2017 9:00

For a body supposedly committed to eliminating inequality between the sexes, the Women and Equalities Select Committee don’t exactly lead…

Why are universities so scared of new rivals offering two-year degrees?

24 February 2017 13:15

When you hear of universities rewarding their vice-chancellors fat salaries – they averaged £277,000 last year, up 5 per cent…

Censorious universities are a bigger problem than Stepford students

14 February 2017 17:14

Have you heard the one about the students who said clapping could cause anxiety? Or the students who banned sombreros? Of course…

Everyone loses when universities lower their entry requirements

24 January 2017 12:59

The UCAS deadline for the receipt of applications for university entry this coming autumn has just passed.  In terms of…

Why a record number of university places might not be a good thing

18 August 2016 13:25

A-Level results are announced today, and with it the happy news that a record number of university places have been…

The Spectator podcast: David Cameron’s purge of the posh

4 June 2016 10:20

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The Spectator podcast: David Cameron’s purge of the posh

2 June 2016 7:58

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Poor boys are losing the university battle of the sexes

30 July 2015 17:23

Something worrying is happening to university access. It’s not what opponents of higher tuition fees predicted, which is that the…

Jo Johnson takes aim at those who ‘coast within the 2.1 band’

1 July 2015 11:49

This morning Jo Johnson gave a speech in which he outlined his recommendations for the way in which universities grade…

The best way to end the ‘poshness test’

17 June 2015 10:59

Here is a preview of Toby Young’s column in this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow. Subscribe from just £1. There’s a…

‘Trigger warnings’ are tools for censorship. They have no place in academia

26 May 2015 18:02

I get defensive when feminists are accused of being prudes. There’s nothing prudish in critiquing a monotonously promiscuous culture; in…