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An HE own goal.

* SIR - As a University of Wales Affiliated institutions
  • Cardiff University
Cardiff was once a full member of the University but has now left (though it retains some ties). When Cardiff left, it merged with the University of Wales College of Medicine (which was also a former member).
 (UW) Moderator moderator - A person, or small group of people, who manages a moderated mailing list or Usenet newsgroup. Moderators are responsible for determining which email submissions are passed on to the list or newsgroup.  to two institutions in Spain, I am surprised at criticisms without evidence levied against the University of Wales and the lack of support from senior actors in Welsh higher education.

A Week In Week Out television programme was right to bring to light anomalies in specific colleges and among specific staff.

But I do not see the evidence from the programme that the University of Wales was materially or even superficially to blame. This was wrongly inferred and many added fuel to the fire, quick to criticise Crit´i`cise   

v. t. 1. To examine and judge as a critic; to pass literary or artistic judgment upon; as, to criticise an author; to criticise a picture s>.

imp. & p.
 in their turn.

The result which I am witnessing is a growing poor perception of Welsh higher education, which is worrying and may cause lasting damage.

What I am seeing includes valuable UW individuals who have resigned, or are to retire quietly and without fanfare, or are menaced in their jobs and livelihoods.

Several current and prospective overseas students to Wales Wales, Welsh Cymru, western peninsula and political division (principality) of Great Britain (1991 pop. 2,798,200), 8,016 sq mi (20,761 sq km), west of England; politically united with England since 1536. The capital is Cardiff.  are asking me if a Welsh award (whatever the awarding institution) is worthwhile.

Some of the students currently targeting a UW award, and their institutions, are asking for information and assurances. The communication can be lacking or contradictory.

I do not understand why we created this own goal? My own experience as a moderator suggests that moderators, external examiners, internal examiners were doing a good job. The registry officers also were doing a job well and had built up over years good relations with some 140 institutions across the world.

The institutions I was visiting were exemplary and in many respects evidencing best practice.

So who decided that UW should be pilloried, and why? PROFESSOR JOHN GUNSON (Retired)
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 21, 2012
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