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What’s in a name? A hell of a lot for colleges…

When terms like school, institute and college are applied to such wildly varying establishments, the further education brand is at risk of being contaminated

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As Lewis Carroll pointed out, a word can mean whatever we want it to mean. Nevertheless, the purist in me thinks that life is simpler if the meaning of a word is agreed by all of us.

That being the case, it would be helpful if terminology in the education system had consistent meanings, rather than the fluidity that seems to have developed. Consider the following terms: school, college, academy, university, institute. To the naked eye, they seem nicely differentiated. In reality, there is a large degree of uncertainty in their meanings.

A school is usually understood to be a place of primary ...

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