To Remove The Concept of the University Degree

To remove the concept of a "degree" and to make organizations of employers, professional bodies etc justify rigorously any requirement which they may have which excludes those without a "degree".

Why does this idea matter?

The very concept of a "degree" is a basically late mediaeval/Renaissance one (also see the use of "degrees"  in Freemasonry, etc). This is apparent in the idea of the first degree, followed by the "Master's" "degree" and finally "Doctorate" "degree". The whole idea is outdated, yet has taken hold in the UK even more over the past 40 years than previously.

When I was at school in the early 1970's, for example, barristers did not need a university degree (they did a much longer Bar School course and more exams there instead). Now they do, yet the quality of the Bar is certainly not higher than it was in, say, 1970. Many occupations "need" a "degree" now, which never did before about 1980. The process became even worse during the Blair-Brown years and the huge expansion of poor-quality "university" education, complete with "degree inflation" and dumbing-down, much discussed.

We see now that there are 69 new graduates chasing each and every job/career opportunity. Time for a change.

Employing organizations should have to justify any requirement for a "degree" in candidate applications. Companies and the civil service should take people on as probationers on a p/t basis, allowing the young employees to earn money while studying part-time if and only if necessary. The outcome not to be a "piece of paper" but work experience which the population will accept and respect as including an element of academic and also general intellectual/cultural/vocational training.

Universities should be radically cut back and shoould attract those who wish for knowledge, not a piece of paper giving a meal-ticket at the end of three years. And why three years anyway? Could be 4 (as in the USA and Scotland), 5, 6 or just one year.

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