Their lingering complaints, epitomised by the rounds of dissatisfaction at union spring conferences, have been festering since the Higher Still programme was introduced. The grand plan for coherent courses and assessment at different levels was never going to go entirely smoothly, and principal teachers have been at the sharp end of the changes. Now they feel undermined and unloved amid the clamour for faculty management.
But how bad is it? Do we believe universities when they say they have for many years been forced to carry out remedial work in first year because of students' weaknesses? Or is it that the nature of the student cohort has changed?
"Shambles" is putting it too strongly and condemns the positive work of many in the profession and the graft of students. But it is timely for at least part of the classroom workforce to state their case publicly and forcibly. We are happy to open our pages to any debate.