Wealth, Education and Policing

Not going to comment terribly much on these stories, but I think these make an interesting collection… you are welcome to draw your own conclusions. After returning my focus to game based learning, another more political post for a change.

St. Andrews University is pledging to increase the number of poor students in its annual intake 14 to 20. No, not 14% to 20%, they aim to increase the intake of poorer students by recruiting an extra six students from Scotland’s 20 most deprived areas.

Those students from deprived areas will have tough competition though, as numbers of ‘rest-of-UK’ students applying to study at the top Universities in Scotland are increasing. It seems that the high fees those RUK students have to pay are  bargain. Well, they are for those students who are already paying way more in school fees:

Alexander McNab, from Suffolk, who is now a first year student at Aberdeen University suggested fees were not necessarily a barrier.

He said: “In many ways it is bargain because school fees are £16,000 – £26,000 in day and boarding schools. £9,000 for university education seems like a lot of money but comparatively is quite cheap.”

Meanwhile, 1000 students a year are failing to take up postgraduate study at Oxford because they fail the wealth test.

Then, in a seemingly unrelated article about proposed changes to recruitment of senior police officers I read the following:

Several police forces, including Britain’s largest, the Metropolitan Police, already have graduate recruitment schemes. They all insist that recruits spend time on the beat.

But Tom Winsor wants to dispense with that stage for graduates from top universities to make a police career a more attractive alternative to the City or the professions.

That would be those top universities that don’t let in many poor students, I take it. After all, if you’ve spent £200,000 on a private education for your child, you wouldn’t mind them running the police force, but they certainly shouldn’t have to work the beat where they might have to mix with common folk, should they?

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