http://static.guim.co.uk/static/f0e699ab266c47c544b8716a8f4032bda9f58fa9/common/images/logos/the-guardian/professional.gifBy . Is it misleading to use the term to describe post-92 universities? Where does 'modern' start and end? Have your say below.
In a recent letter to the Guardian, Wendy Piatt, director general and chief executive of the Russell Group, opted for the word 'modern' when describing post-92 universities – or all those that are not part of the Russell Group. The description created quite a stir on Twitter and provoked Alan Bance, emeritus professor of German, University of Southampton to write a letter in response: "The term [modern universities] does a disservice to the UK university system as a whole – especially misleading for the all-important overseas applicant – by implying that our best universities are antiquated and hostile to change." More...