"the Gove option will mean that a lot of bright working or lower-middle class kids will look at a potential £60,000 debt and they won't bother - unless they're at Oxbridge or doing a course with a pretty much guaranteed career at the end of it. Outside this small subset of courses, university will be restricted to those whose parents can subsidise them - i.e. the very rich.
That's not all bad - I can see cultural studies departments being disbanded across England and Wales. Economic forces will cut away swathes of courses and institutions, correcting the insane growth of the last 25 years.
But at that kind of cost the idea of education as a good in itself will wither away. Who's going to do archaeology without a private income ?"
I'm pleased to say that Goldsmiths Cultural Studies lecturer - now professor - John Hutnyk has got together with some likeminded souls, and very kindly put together a suggested hitlist of disciplines (and indeed, individuals) for the chop.
As he rightly points out, "Browne’s plans will drive whole fields of knowledge into decline" - such fields of knowledge as :
Race and Cultural Studies
Critical Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics
Contemporary Literature and Culture
English and Cultural Studies
Women’s and Gender History
Memory Studies ( I forget what that is - LT)
I guess every cloud has a silver lining ...