31 Jan 2022
Professor Bashir Makhoul, Vice-Chancellor of the University for the Creative Arts, has written for the Times Higher Education on the potential for new OfS measures to stifle creativity.
Professor Makhoul writes:
"Arts universities are proven to produce more entrepreneurs, solo freelancers and weeks of employment per head than any other type of higher education institution. The creative industries account for nearly 6 per cent of the entire UK economy – and growing. Yet creative professionals do not go straight from university into steady 9-to-5 jobs. We create and innovate. We fail and succeed. Our career trajectories are positively messy at times.
"That is why the English regulator’s narrow, metrical proposal to measure course quality, on which it is now consulting, is so misguided. It would penalise the providers of specialist creative and arts education merely because the career structures of their graduates differ from those of more traditional professional fields."
Read the article in full here.