To someone who made himself unpopular in university adult education for arguing that the sector is too paternalistic, Tom Schuller's article (TESS, April 5) is excellent.
He tells us "adult education departments may need to draw on community support to counter the power of the academic barons inside the university". Will he please devote a column to telling us how these departments could go about this new strategy? Presumably it will involve a changed relationship with extramural students, or at least those who welcome the chance to be consulted and have some potential influence on policy issues, as has long been the case with internal students.
A very senior academic in Scotland has assured me he will draw the attention of his colleagues to this difference.
PETER WASSELL 4 Priestfield Road Edinburgh.