Nanny is reforming how universities are ranked via the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), whereby universities will be awarded gold, silver or bronze medals on the basis of a range of factors including student satisfaction, teaching excellence and preparation for the world of work.
Universities are currently ranked based on quality of research output.
This will pressurise universities to pander to the demands of "snowflake" students, and universities will give in to student demands, however unreasonable they may be.
As we have seen, "safe space" and "no platform" movements have swept across campuses including a campaign to ban Germaine Greer from giving a speech over her "offensive" comments.
Baroness Wolf, a professor at King’s College London (KCL), is quoted by the Telegraph:
“Universities are increasingly nervous about doing anything that will create overt dissatisfaction among students because they are being told that student satisfaction is key.This will end in tears!
It has had a real effect on the willingness of universities to stand up to student demands which in the past have been removing statues, safe spaces and no-platforming. This whole movement is a direct threat to academic standards and the ability of universities to stand up for freedom of speech.
The student satisfaction measure is fantastically dangerous. The way to make students happy is not asking them to do any work and giving them a high grade.
This whole movement is a direct threat to academic standards and the ability of universities to stand up for freedom of speech.
This will reduce standards and undermine quality. I just think this is totally mad, and destructive of everything universities stand for.”
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