From Robbins to McKinsey – The Dismantling of the Universities by Professor Stefan Collini (Faculty of English, University of Cambridge) is a thoughtful, articulate and damming critique of the Browne report (pdf) and subsequent Higher Education White Paper (pdf).
It is published online and in print in the London Review of Books (volume 33, number 16). There is (sadly) no space to comment on the article on the LBC’s website. The piece is long (>8,000 words), and perhaps itself effortful, especially compared to many online articles, so make yourself a cup of tea first! Whilst you, like me, may not agree with every point Collini makes, this article is worth reading and discussing.
HT WJ who brought this article to my attention via the following quotation:
The really vital aspects of the experience of studying something …are bafflement and effort.