Uni expansion brings benefits as well as costs

Daily Echo: Uni expansion brings benefits as well as costs Uni expansion brings benefits as well as costs

L.A. O’BEE deploys a graphic (mixed) metaphor to express his displeasure at the expansion of Southampton University’s halls of residence adjacent to the Mayflower Theatre, likening such expansion to a “creeping fungus [with] spreading... tentacles”.

Absent from his analysis is any consideration of the benefit side of the cost/benefit ratio.

This would include the achievements of the university as nurturing the advancement of knowledge in the fields of science, including medicine, politics and the humanities, as well as beng a provider of education in those subjects.

Additionally, the university generates investment, job creation, and extra consumer expenditure in its host city.

In view of the effects on employment of deindustrialisation (eg Ford), and containerisation in the port it could be that the planners were inflluenced by factors other than the nonprivate status of the applicant and have deemed it unwise to inhibit the expansion.

They might also have pondered Marx’s riposte to someone who had the temerity to disagree with his argument: “ignorance gets no one anywhere.”

DON DEVERS, Southampton.

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12:27pm Wed 5 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

Quite right, Southampton Uni is one of the leading research centres in the world, something LA OLD BEE might benefit from if he is ever seriously ill.
Quite right, Southampton Uni is one of the leading research centres in the world, something LA OLD BEE might benefit from if he is ever seriously ill. bigfella777
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11:52am Fri 7 Mar 14

From the sidelines says...

"Absent from his analysis is any consideration of the benefit side of the cost/benefit ratio."

I think 'benefits' are a touchy subject for L.A.O'Bee.

What, with him being convicted for benefit fraud in 2010.
"Absent from his analysis is any consideration of the benefit side of the cost/benefit ratio." I think 'benefits' are a touchy subject for L.A.O'Bee. What, with him being convicted for benefit fraud in 2010. From the sidelines
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