Most MPs have degrees now classed as 'low value' by government

The government has suggested that universities should cut “low-value” courses and focus on science and technology to qualify for a post-Corona virus rescue plan.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson, a graduate of the University of Bradford in Social Sciences, said universities should pay more attention to topics that deliver strong results for graduates.

However, according to research 90 percent of MPs’ courses would now be considered “low value” by education advisor Studee.

None of the most popular topics of MPs elected in the December 2019 elections are considered essential for roles in professions such as nursing and education, so-called tribal subjects.

About 85 percent of MPs elected in the December 2019 elections went to university.

Laura Rettie, vice president of global communications at Study said, “To qualify for an emergency loan, universities may need to drop so-called ‘cheap courses’ and instead focus on topics such as science, technology, engineering, math, nursing and education.

And yet our research shows that most MPs have studied politics, history, law, economics, philosophy and English.

“Boris himself studied the classics, Gove English and Rees-Mogg history. I find it hypocritical that the government suggests that subjects such as the humanities and the arts are not so valuable, yet the majority of MPs have studied them.

“Universities are being asked to offer degrees that are a good financial investment for students, which of course makes sense – graduate prospects are important, but so is the choice.

“Higher education shouldn’t be about how much money you make in the end – it’s about empowerment, broadening the mind and diversifying skills.”


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