Andrew McGettigan, author of ‘The Great University Gamble’, featured in today’s Guardian

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Andrew McGettigan, author of the excellent The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education (Pluto, 2013), has been featured in the Guardian again today, on the front page of the print edition, as well as online.

In Shiv Malik’s article, ‘College course subsidy spirals out of control‘, he quotes McGettigan in the context of a governmental shortfall (of £330 million) as private providers snap up higher national diplomas.

One expert warned the overspend was as a result of ministers “running an experiment with no proper controls in place”. Andrew McGettigan, author of The Great University Gamble: Money, Markets and the Future of Higher Education, said that there was too much emphasis on trying to create a market in higher education provision.

He added that it would be difficult now to rein the sudden expansion in places because they had already been given permission to open their doors to students: “Once these private providers are approved [by the department] they can recruit as many students as they can. It’s a deliberate policy to shake things up.” Read the rest of the article, here.

In honour of this, we’ve decided to take a special 30% off the RRP (£16.99), and sell Andrew’s book for just £12, including free UK P&P. Simply click here, or on the graphic at the top of the page, to activate the discount.


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