Paul Sangar on “certificate inflation” among employers recruiting staff

“In 2008 the government elected on the promise of ‘education, education, education’ slashed the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) postgraduate scholarship programme by a third, so good luck to non-scientists [aiming for a funded PhD] . Oh, and AHRC scholarships are not means-tested, so the poor compete with the rich here as well. With spending cuts beckoning, other scholarship programmes can expect the same in due course.”