NOV 00] CWN COMMENT
Can University Survive Media Reaction?
empires fall because they overextend – hopefully Coventry
University’s is merely wobbling.
has only taken one bad apple to upset the cart, with a project in
the School of Engineering leading to problems across the university.
much this shortfall – publicly £1 million – is the cause of the
current angst among media students few can tell.
there are other reasons why the refurbishment of the old Odeon
cinema has gone wrong.
war of words between students and administrators seems inevitable as
each group has a different take on what facilities are and aren’t
are always likely to get hot under the collar if they cannot get
their projects finished because of poor resources.
will constantly claim they would like to buy more but don’t have
the money. They will also list facilities theoretically available,
ignoring the queues of impatient undergraduates battling to use
the situation at Coventry University isn’t as bad as some make
out, then the new kit will start to arrive and the handbags will be
if staff walk out and there genuinely is no cash in the kitty to buy
anything then the university could be in serious difficulties.
much of the past decade it has worked to improve its reputation both
locally and nationally. Some courses are now rated among the best of
its kind in the country, and many derelict buildings in the city
centre have been bought and transformed by the university.
are only a certain number of cock-ups that a budget and a reputation
can stand, and if the city is left with a white elephant because of
financial failure it will linger in people’s memories.
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