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Universities UK rejects 'non-courses' claims

Published: Wednesday, 29 August 2007   Category: Government policies | Life after graduation | Sport and leisure

Suggestions from the Taxpayers' Alliance that hundreds of British university courses are a waste of time and effort have been dismissed by Universities UK.

The umbrella body argues that many of the less traditional courses now offered at British universities are developed according to what employers want, and so offer students a very real improvement in their employment prospects.

One of the courses attacked was golf management, but Universities UK stresses that this criticism fails to take into account the real business skills gained on such courses, and how well regarded they are in the jobs market.

"Graduates on these courses are in demand from employers who are looking for people with specific skills alongside the general skills acquired during a degree such as critical-thinking, team-working, time-management and IT skills - a point lost on the authors of this rag-bag of prejudices and outdated assumptions," said a spokesperson.

"Students know this - which is why these courses are often over-subscribed and have high employability rates."

"This is academic snobbery, as predictable as it is unfounded," added the Universities UK representative.

The Taxpayers' Alliance claimed the 401 'non-courses' cost £40 million a year to run and should be scrapped.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18261376-ADNFCR

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