Monday, January 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Cambridge University

Cambridge University celebrates 800 years of teaching, learning and world-class research.

See http://www.800.cam.ac.uk/

This year, more than ever, we need to appreciate the work done by the University and celebrate its achievements.

However, we also need to look to the future. Labour ministers view the institution with undisguised disdain and as a potential plaything for crude social engineering exercises. There is a much-needed review of tuition fees in the offing - but likely to be delayed yet again until after the election.

I believe that in the long-run Cambridge University should be freed progressively from the cold, grim grip of central government. I hope in 800 years time it will still be a hub of academic excellence, where standards of rigour and the frontiers of knowledge continue to be advanced for the benefit of all our society.

Richard Normington

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