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Regarding my faith in the UK education system

14 June, 2010

Regarding my faith in the UK education system…

“Professor Rick Trainor has been awarded an honorary knighthood (KBE) for services to higher education. The award is honorary due to his American nationality. Commenting on the award, the Chairman of Council of King’s College London, Lord Douro, said, ‘Rick Trainor has been a tireless advocate for King’s and for British universities more generally. In particular, he has helped to develop the alumni programme and raise significant sums for the College, and has helped improve the estate of King’s, not least through the acquisition of the East Wing of Somerset House. He has also helped shape the improved academic profile of the College and done much to further the student experience at King’s. This award is well deserved.’”

Like f*#k.

’nuff said. Feel free to leave furious comments below.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 14 June, 2010 8:44 pm

    Haven't KBEs always been about money, one way or another?

  2. 15 June, 2010 10:55 am

    Ugh. I suppose his cost-cutting exercises are fully in sympathy with a Tory programme of state reduction: fewer professors means less research means smaller support for universities! George Osborne must like him. Forgive me if I don't think this is competence or efficiency rewarded, however…

  3. 21 June, 2010 2:44 am

    I knew him as a grad student (he taught me modern British history). It's really odd when you know someone in a different context (time, role) and have to integrate their behavior with your experience. Without defending him, it seems to me that the problem with being an administrator is that when you are told to cut X amount, you have to figure out how to do it — and someone will always see something critical being cut. It's why I wouldn't want the job. I am curious as to how his being an American (though he's been in the UK for over 30 years) shapes perceptions of him, and perhaps his behavior.

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