In a series of interviews with The Parliamentary Review, educational consultancy Scion Mastery have discussed what they think are the biggest concerns facing the higher education sector. According to Director Inga Neaves, there is a “triple threat” of “Brexit, tightening budgets and unchecked expansion”, which she will cover in three separate pieces over the coming days.
A triple threat of Brexit, tightening budgets and unchecked expansion has seen the rankings of UK universities in an international league table slump for the fourth year in a row.
We at Scion Mastery are a firm believer in the highest quality of UK education and are unsure as to why people born and raised here would allow or participate in a controlled democratic demolition of their own country.
We would like to bring attention to each of the mentioned threats which have supposedly contributed to the UK universities international league table slump. This article will focus on Brexit.
On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union. The phrase “quality of education”, unhelpfully, is an ambiguous one. The most popular way of demystifying this is likely to be the level or grades awarded for the subjects the student has studied together with the quality of the set the student finds him or herself in.
Parents worldwide are searching for a stable and exhaustive educative process of which their children will progress through the ranks. One that will be unrivalled by those of their native countries. In the last 24 months, we have witnessed a spike in students applying from a number of developing countries, eager to embrace an acclaimed academic experience which enables the student to garner an internationally recognised education. In view of Cambridge and Oxford’s illustrious superiority in academia and unanimous attraction for employers, do other worldwide institutions arouse your attention as ardently?
The UK education system uses grading according to National Standards and other grades according to Public Schools Standards. It represents many academically desirable traits comprising of a clear grading criterion, a reliable and comprehensible academic structure, an adept teaching methodology and a minimum number of subjects and syllabuses that every modern citizen of this country should have access to.
A broad-brush condemnation of Britain’s influence post-Brexit which lumps in a potential drop in demand from international students to study in the UK is a lazy one, and the numbers don’t reflect the assertion. Ben Sowter, director of research at QS, himself appeared unable to draw a parallel between Brexit and the fall. Au contraire, the number of admissions has escalated.
It is also key to recognise that UK universities were ranked as among the world’s best before they formed part of the EU.
At Scion Mastery, we advocate for an international, open minded and liberal student’s society which will supply each and every student with the opportunity to experience what many would consider to be a once in a lifetime, and. our professional project has not been disrupted by the Brussels divorce. Rather, it could potentially be a tactic used to weaponize blame against those who voted for it. The silence of statistical evidence on this point is deafening.
Scion Mastery are constantly seeking ways to evolve and revolutionise and as we speak, many countries are experiencing change, pining for an education that would prepare its future citizens to help their native nations achieve better standards of living. Brexit, contrary to what some are saying, will not be the reason that students from abroad are unable to move to the UK to pursue higher education.
Brexit affected European students minimally and also had a small impact on foreign students who didn’t share the same term as Europeans (i.e. financial or immigration status advantages) The system together with its clarity and grading was not affected by Brexit. That is the consensus from Scion Mastery. Whether we elected to remain or leave, it would’ve rolled on unperturbed. Shouldn’t the more overt political and socio-economic shortcomings be higher up in the hierarchy of what needs to be addressed post-Brexit?
Its structure aptly draws parallels with a little black dress: classy, reliable and aesthetically pleasing. However, a trendy, colourful and amusing dress is seasonal and takes years to become classy, if ever. We should cherish what we have. And at Scion Mastery, we have staked our claim.