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Posted 07-Jun-2011 at 09:34 AM (09:34) by Gurdur
Updated 10-Jun-2011 at 07:15 PM (19:15) by Gurdur

The story on all the aspects of Grayling's brainchild of the New College of the Humanities (NCH) has really exploded since it was announced on Sunday, criticised on Monday, and torn into early today. Here are the main links on it all so far:

My own first blog post on it all: "First overall report-card on Grayling's New College of the Humanities: Must try harder, could do far better, #Fail". My post is too long, but I was in a rush to make sure to get it done early today. I will be blogging again on it. Some of the below links are also in that blog post of mine, this is just a quick list of the main links. Later on I will make a new blog post on a facts FAQ for the whole NCH issue.

The initial Guardian report on it: "Richard Dawkins heads lineup at private 18,000-a-year university". The whole Dawkins angle brings up other aspects on which I shall blog later.

First protest meeting and group about it.

New Guardian article: "AC Grayling's private university accused of copying syllabuses", by Robert Booth.

Blog post, "AC Grayling’s Folly", by Jack of Kent (@DavidAllenGreen).

Blog post, "New College of the Humanities: First Thoughts", by Juxtabook.

Piece by Terry Eagleton, "AC Grayling's private university is odious".

"[Update - comments by AC Grayling] British academics launch 18,000 college in London" - post and comments thread on the richarddawkins.net site. Worth reading all the comments, if you can read very fast (11 pages of them already) and you have the time (and masochistic devotion).


The rest of the links below were not mentioned in my first blog post on it:


Another new Guardian article, "Doubts raised over the financial model of AC Grayling's private university".

Blog post by the Church Mouse, "New College for the Humanities - theists need not apply?" It's wrong to see this NCH as an "atheist venture" (which I initially did, and was mistaken in doing so; Matt Wardman has the best comments on that all in the thread under the Mouse's post), but there are aspects which need to be covered, and I shall do that in my next blog posts.

The University of London press-release on the subject of the NCH (betraying some nervousness about how the subject is blowing up?).

A very terse press-release from Birkbeck College, University of London. Very terse. Very.

Blog post: "Is the New College of the Humanities a good thing?", by William Cullerne Bown on Research Blogs (@WilliamCB).

There are many more links in my first blog post on all this.



Edited to add:
(none of the below appeared in my first blog post; also see any links given in the Comments below)


Blog post, by @SmallCasserole, "The New College of the Humanities"

Blog post by @girlinterruptin, "The New College of Humanities; is this the future?"

Op-ed piece in the New Statesman, by @DavidAllenGreen: "Grayling's Folly is falling down"

Posts on the Though Cowards Flinch blog, "The hypocrisy of A. C. Grayling",

and also see there, "Will the New College scheme unravel?"

Sarah Churchill's reponse, in Guardian, "Give AC Grayling's new college a chance",
and longer version as a blog post:
"Thoughts on the New College for the Humanities"

Even more additions, made much later:

Opinion piece in Guardian: "AC Grayling has caricatured British universities. No wonder they're fuming", by Simon Jenkins.

"New Crammer for the Humanities: Time for Grayling to come clean", post on the blog Campaign For The Public University.

"If you’re an egalitarian, how come you’re trying to sell an undergraduate arts degree that costs more than an MBA?", a post on the Crooked Timber blog.

"New College disaster and the challenge of A.C. Grayling", a post on the Open Democracy site --- a good, detailed post with many criticisms made of the NCH venture.

"Staff at AC Grayling's private college to deliver one lecture a year", a news report in the Guardian by Jeevan Vasagar, Robert Booth and Jonathan Paige.

"Why are people frightened of AC Grayling's university?", a short short opinion piece by Deborah Orr in the Guardian.

"New College of Humanities: New Chums on the block…… ?", a blog post by Charon QC; you might like to look at another post of his covering a bit of the same subject.

"Unsettled about NCH", a post by @sillypunk.

"AC Grayling complains of abuse over creation of elite New College", a news report on the Guardian by Shiv Malik.

A BBC radio show, presented by David Dobbs, featuring talking with both Terry Eagleton and A.C. Grayling on the NCH issue.

(also see any links given in the Comments below)


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    NCH

    Posted 07-Jun-2011 at 11:08 AM (11:08) by Unregistered
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    I rather think that the viability of the venture will be determined by how employers regard this new institution. Unless it is well received by them, then who is going to shell out such a large sum of money for a London External degree which could have been had for half the price or less?
    Posted 07-Jun-2011 at 05:58 PM (17:58) by RevSimmy RevSimmy is offline
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    I rather think that the viability of the venture will be determined by how employers regard this new institution. Unless it is well received by them, then who is going to shell out such a large sum of money for a London External degree which could have been had for half the price or less?
    Phineas Taylor Barnum: "There's one born every minute"
    Posted 07-Jun-2011 at 06:02 PM (18:02) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    True. But parents who are shelling out this kind of money will not have acquired without checking what their offspring can hope to gain by it. Unless Grayling can show, within a few years, that his institution is as well regarded as Russell Groups universities I don't think he can survive.
    Posted 07-Jun-2011 at 06:26 PM (18:26) by RevSimmy RevSimmy is offline
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    True. But parents who are shelling out this kind of money will not have acquired without checking what their offspring can hope to gain by it. Unless Grayling can show, within a few years, that his institution is as well regarded as Russell Groups universities I don't think he can survive.
    Indeed. Difficult to see how the NCH can really succeed, and in fact one of my links in my post above is to a Guardian article on grave questions about Grayling's business model for it.

    In the meantime, it's causing a lot of PR damage, collateral and direct, on a lot of scenes.
    Posted 07-Jun-2011 at 06:40 PM (18:40) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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    I like this link too.
    Posted 07-Jun-2011 at 07:08 PM (19:08) by Gurdur Gurdur is offline
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