Views & Reviews From the Frontline

University blues

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a609 (Published 30 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a609
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    Oxford and Cambridge Universities top the medical graduate polls again! I never thought to apply to Oxbridge, Scottish qualifications then being as welcome as a Zimbabwean billion dollar note. Many English northerners and Scots resent the dominance of Oxbridge. Perhaps it’s the punting on the Cherwell, bicycle clips, cricket jumpers, gowns, the speech impediments, eastern European aristocrats, and Oxfam dresses and top hats (worn together). Perhaps it’s University Challenge, in which a massive northern university vanquishes a tiny Oxbridge college only to meet …

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