The downside to this, however, was the huge accretion of management and business studies courses in the Thatcherite 1980s, some of which were closer to lobotomies than anything resembling real education.
As science and engineering was cut back, they consumed resources which were denied to arts and humanities-based courses and there are many who will recall the uphill fight needed to develop these to degree level.
History is a clear case in point. Ultimately, when degree modules in it were offered at degree level, it drew large numbers of students who found it a welcome release from the dross they were required to listen to elsewhere.
Yet at no point did Napier’s promoted apparatchiks ever give it any recognition as a subject.
The phrase “cocks crowing on middens” still comes to mind where these mediocrities are concerned.
Ian S Wood