Comment: A Bedfordshire University student's response to the Daily Mail
2nd March 2012
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If you've been keeping up with the news lately, you'll have seen that the University of Bedfordshire and its Vice Chancellor Professor Les Ebdon has been getting a severe bashing from many newspapers. However, one article in particular has really annoyed me, and fellow students, which was published in the Daily Mail on 25th February Firstly, the Daily Mail has got it wrong. In the article, it gives a false portrayal of what the university is like and the types of courses it offers. Breastfeeding and Carnival Arts are definitely not degrees offered by the University of Bedfordshire, I can assure you. As a trainee journalist myself, this paper really isn't setting me a good example about the importance of getting the facts right. Not only is there this severe inaccuracy, but there's also a damnation of unusual, but extremely successful, degrees that are offered. What’s wrong with a university offering courses such as Beauty Therapy as a degree anyway? It's a skill that can, in turn, give an individual the skills needed to start their own lucrative business and make a living. I lived with a person who did a Specialist Make Up degree, last year, and what they could do was amazing. Has the Daily Mail not heard of the television, film and theatre industry that only employ the very best make up designers for all of their specialist make up effects? Or what about them modelling agencies that employ people educated in the ways of beauty to glamour people up? It takes a great deal of skill, time, learning and practice and I can definitely tell you that my friend will be in line for a job when she graduates with her Specialist Make Up degree.
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