Whilst debate amongst academics and employability professionals has been heated and relatively well publicised, very little of it is likely to be seen by young people.  It is this that makes the Vice Special Series, “Is university still worth it?” particularly significant.

Vice Media is a hit with the millennial generation and predicts revenue of $1bn this year.  Despite being backed by Murdoch, it still manages to maintain a hipster/leftfield credibility.  Vice has launched a series, specifically targeting its demographic rather than parent/academics and employability professionals, with the below statement:

“University is changing. Tuition fees are rising, maintenance grants have been scrapped, and course sizes have ballooned, all as the average wages of graduates have tumbled. For “generation rent”, young people who will never own a home, a university degree may be the single most expensive thing they ever get. It’s not surprising that an increasing number are wondering whether it’s a good idea at all. A recent survey found that a third of graduates under 35 In 2016 say they regret going to university. For the first time in years, university applications from students in England were slightly down on the previous year.

VICE will investigate whether it still makes sense to be a student.

Today we start with the arguments against. That university has become too expensive and that graduates aren’t getting good jobs and isn’t even a good place to make new friends”.

The piece is pretty scathing though few will be able to deny that it is well-researched and that its author, Rebecca Ratcliffe knows what she is talking about.

It’s not all bad news for universities though – the series also covers the other side: how university can change the lives of those beset by other difficulties in childhood, and how the value of education goes far beyond a rudimentary cost-benefit analysis….

Take a look – http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/is-university-still-worth-it