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Paying The Price

by | 31st, January 2006

‘WHAT does university mean to you? A chance, as English dandy Max Beerbohm put it, to gently put back the nonsense which was knocked out of you at school?

Is it the opportunity to learn about anthropology, philosophy and all those other ologies that will make you really good at Trivial Pursuit and a whiz at daytime TV quiz shows, the ones you watch in between shifts at the local burger bar?

Or is it about getting a great education?

The Times reports that the brightest legal thinkers at Oxford University want to be sure students know what’s to be gained from three or more years intensive and vigorous drinking.

The University is concerned that the new student fees – from September full-time undergraduates will pay fees of up to £3,000 a year – will mean students demanding value for money.

Students who perform badly in exams might even sue the University for compensation.

So Oxford wants all undergraduates admitted this autumn to sign a legally biding contract requiring them to attend

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