Slumming it

25th September 1998 at 01:00
A delightful vision of Baroness Tessa Blackstone, higher education minister, is presented to the Diary.

Apparently an international footy game (some little affair between Man U and Barcelona) last week meant that her overnight trip to woo the annual vice-chancellors bash saw her roughing it in a university hall of residence.

Visions of the good Baroness donning her nightie under the basilisk stare of an undergraduate pin-up (Jarvis Cocker? Radiohead? The Spice Girls?), however, were swiftly dispelled by a lackey. "It was university accommodation, but it was actually in the Chancellor's Conference Centre. Not really halls," he explains. Thank goodness.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today