UK universities urged to modernize academic year

April 1, 2008

UK universities (and those in North America) follow an academic year "that mimics the medieval agricultural and religious cycle" rather than any rational schedule.  The Financial Times reports that Whitehall will publish a consultation paper this spring that attempts "to drag universities from the 11th century into the 21st," with schedules and curriculum that better suit the needs of business.  The most controversial recommendation is for intensive, 48-week degrees. Naturally, academics are concerned that year-round teaching could only come at the expense of research. Financial Times