Education – Spring 2011

Issue No. 2

“Since tackling the theme of progress on our maiden voyage, the political winds have strengthened to direct the focus of this issue towards an obvious destination: education. The coalition government’s higher education reforms may have incited an outpouring of protest in the present, but it must be the hope that these reforms do not impact negatively upon future school leavers and wider society in the long term. As the breadth of contributions in this issue make clear – from students, think tanks and politicians alike –any conclusions as to the impact of these reforms are far from certain. It is the aim of the pages that follow, therefore, to provide an overview and analysis of the issues at the heart of this controversial debate. 

This issue we have again been fortunate to benefit from the enthusiasm of the University’s fine writers and talented illustrators, who have provided engaging commentaries to many of the other hot topics of the moment (the royal wedding mercifully excluded). 

Insight’s future in the next academic year is an exciting one. We are very proud that the economics department thought well enough of our first issue to become our prime financier and has helped us to go global. As well as talking to an Edinburgh audience, issue 1 traveled (sic) the globe as an ambassador for the University, arriving on the doorsteps of prospective international students this spring. The resoundingly positive response we have received is an encouraging reflection on the quality of the contributions to our inaugural issue and a promising sign for the future. If you are interested in writing, editing, designing or contributing in anyway towards producing future editions for our expanding audience or have any feedback on the articles in this issue please do get in contact. An email address to the editor is on the opposite page. 

On a sadder note, insight says goodbye to many of its founding members. A huge tribute must go to all the editors, and in particular our fantastic creative director who has patiently laboured over draft after draft of the pages of this magazine late into the night. Her evident creative talents are proof that economists can be as artistic as they are numeric. If that’s not inspiration enough to read on, our crossword prize is still unclaimed for anyone in need of a free dinner in these tough economic times. See the inside backpage for details. Thank you for reading.”

– Letter from the 2010-2011 Editor-in-Chief, Charlie Barker, 2011