Saturday, 3 October 2009
Mammoth Trap - Part Two
Following on from David Mitchell's piece on the Ref in last week's Observer (see this post), Prof Steve Fuller of Warwick is suggesting that the comedian become a board member of either the ESRC or AHRC. He makes his case in his blog, calling Mitchell 'one of the most articulate and insightful commentators on the state of higher education today.' He goes on, 'what he brings is the right sensibility – or at least a sensibility that isn’t more forcefully voiced even by academics themselves. It also highlights something that at least academics easily forget – that people who work in the arts and the media, the source of an increasing portion of the nation’s wealth, are among the biggest boosters of academia for what we would regard as purely academic reasons.'