an ex-poly with delusions of grandeur
Technical Colleges and Polytechnics were set up to do a different job to Universities, and, bye-and-large,
they did that job very well. I believe that when they mutated into "Universities" they lost the strengths
they had as Techs and Polys.
I went to do a Master's degree at Abertay (I already had an 'academic' Masters degree in Linguistics)
because I fondly imagined that I would get some hands-on training with programming languages.
What I did get were substandard classes in Visual Basic, Excel and Access (Abertay being badly
"in bed" with Microsoft).
The scales fell from my eyes when I was required to write an essay entitled, "My Philosophical Approach to Programming",
which, I suppose, would not have been in place when Abertay was Dundee Tech. My essay was returned and I was required
to rewrite it because it consisted of one sentence: "I sit down in front of the computer and get on with things." So I sent them
a 10-page horror loaded with quotes from Wittgenstein, David Hume, Plato and lots of other philosophers who knew all about
computer programming, and got top marks.
I hope that in due course in Britain the worm will turn and the powers that be will realise that mutating Techs and Polys into
"Universities" has served no very good purpose, and an awful lot of good has been lost in the process.
When I got my "MSc" from Abertay I rang my father (who "managed" to live a full and fruitful life on the strength of
his BSc from St. Andrews) to tell him: and he said, "Well done, with a BA from a good University [Durham],
an MA from a second-rank University [Southern Illinois University at Carbondale] and an MSc from
a third-rank University [Abertay], I'll be expecting you to go and do a Doctorate from a telephone box." How True!
And the "Shocking Fact" is that I have a 15 year old pupil who, having done 2 months of programming every
summer with me for 3 years, and a hell of a lot of work by himself can quite easily wipe the floor with most
people who have an "MSc" in "Computers and IT" from dumps like Abertay.
But he wouldn't get a job because he is under 18 and doesn't have 2 or 3 sheets of artistically decorated
bog-roll to pin on the wall.