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School of Politics and International Relations

The great university con: how the British degree lost its value


Dr Lee Jones was quoted in the New Statesman in an article which argues that British degrees have been degraded and devalued. The article states that ‘rote learning has been a persistent problem in schools, but it had, until recently, been largely absent in universities. As schools have become ever more rigid and exam-driven, the contagion has spread.’ Dr Lee Jones from Queen Mary said: “These most fundamental things are not being taught in schools. When we ask them to write, they are incredibly disorientated. And the students who are prepared are incredibly frustrated.”
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