May 2024

What use is a university degree in Total Bollox?

(Sunday/Monday blog)

More wonderful news from that bastion of Christian civilisation and common sense – Hungary.

Last week, Hungary’s government stopped universities from offering courses in Gender Studies, saying there is no need for graduates in the labor market and they take taxpayer money away from other programs.

In a statement, Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said that there is “no demonstrable demand for graduates of ‘social gender studies’ in the Hungarian labor market. There is no economic rationale for studies such as these, and so we have reason to presume that it was not created in response to labor market needs, and equally not to furnish students with skills that can be readily and directly converted on the labor market”. 

Kovacs went on to say that such programs “take valuable resources away from other programs, and deteriorate the economic stability of universities. State universities operated from public funds must take this into consideration as the purpose of these higher education institutions is to meet genuine social and labour market needs”.

Can you imagine any British government having the courage to take on the liberal, lefty, progressive, virtue-signalling libtard establishment by doing something equally sensible? In Britain, if you get just one grade E at A Level, then you can study something utterly useless like Gender Studies at a new university and be entitled to around £50,000 in student loans for tuition and living expenses that you’ll never have to pay back as you’ll never earn enough to repay them.

After reading about what has happened in sensible Hungary, I Googled ‘Gender Studies’ in UK universities and found at least 64 MA courses in “Gender Studies and Sexuality”. But why would anyone spend three years and up to £60,000 getting a degree in Total Bollox (sorry, I meant “Gender Studies and Sexuality”)? Well, here’s one explanation I found on a university studies portal:

Gender & sexuality studies is a multi-disciplinary field dealing with the various social and cultural aspects of men and women. Sub-disciplines include women’s studies, feminism, men’s studies and LGBT studies. Masters and Bachelors in Gender & Sexuality analyse themes related to broad fields of interest such as literature, language, history, politics, sociology, law, and medicine.

Useful stuff, huh? And here’s another:

Bachelor’s or a Master’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies give you the insights and knowledge to educate the world against prejudice (new or old), and pretty much win every argument against obnoxious creeps. As a subdiscipline of Social Sciences, Gender & Sexuality Studies teaches you the historic, social, and cultural views of gender representation.

Why is femininity associated with soft words and shy glances? Why are men expected to be strong and powerful, always aspiring to become a CEO or a president? By studying Gender & Sexuality, you will learn how to challenge old concepts and invest in new ones, modernising mentalities and approaches. Graduates can be expected to find work in various fields, all ranging from:

• Teaching
• Health and Welfare
• Political or Public Policy-Making
• Media Writing and Advertising
• Management of Private and Public Enterprises

I’m seldom speechless, but reading this total bollox I really can’t find anything intelligent to say.

Can you?

As for the claim that Gender Studies can be an entry into all sorts of interesting and important jobs – I find that ever so slightly implausible:

Though, I stand to be corrected. Perhaps it’s just me who is out of touch. After all, in today’s politically-correct Britain, perhaps people with degrees in Utter and Total Bollox can always find well-paid (but totally unnecessary?) jobs, especially at the BBC and in the public sector? Maybe it will soon even be compulsory, in the interests of diversity, for all organisations in Britain to have someone in senior management with a degree in Total and Utter Bollox?


A reader has just contacted me telling me that I’m wasting my time trying to get my readers to buy my latest book THE GREAT UNIVERSITY CON.

He’s probably right. So, I’ll stop wasting my time and yours.


(as for the reader who made a small contribution to the running costs of this site a couple of weeks ago, I’ll be contacting you to return your money)

9 comments to What use is a university degree in Total Bollox?

  • Julia Green

    Modern universities are just incubators for Marxist idiocy.

  • Eddie John

    ” perhaps people with degrees in Utter and Total Bollox can always find well-paid (but totally unnecessary?) jobs, especially at the BBC and in the public sector? ”

    That is until you run out of other peoples money.

  • David Craig

    But you never run really out of ‘other people’s money’, you just keep borrowing and taxing and borrowing and taxing till you ‘do a Venezuela’

  • Alan Thorpe

    In my days we did our gender studies in the school bike shed or the bushes. Then we got degrees in something useful.

  • Bad Brian

    Great article David. Very funny, but equally disturbing !

    Now, regarding your new book, The Great University Con, it is possible that as most of your regular readers are already in your camp and agree with your views, they do not feel they need to buy your book to only have confirmed what they already feel they know.

    I think this book needs a new strategy to sell it to an audience that would benefit from it. I don’t know how this would be implemented but it would be a great X-mass gift for thousands of kids aged 16, 17 & 18 to make them think about the dangers of going to university to study bullshit subjects which will be of no benefit to them.

    You are not slagging university, just the useless courses some of them peddle to kids.

    Some well placed marketing to reach this young audience and their parents might just pay off over time.

    You are a clever man. Have a think along these lines and I am sure you will find the right path to promote your book and reach the audience it deserves.

    Good luck, and once again, thank’s for all your efforts.

  • Stillreading

    Shovelling off all these youngsters to “Uni” for three years to do degrees in Utter & Total Bollox keeps the unemployment figures nicely down though, doesn’t it? Thus it serves its purpose. The fact that those students who ARE obtaining qualifications in something worthwhile, and in so doing are saddling themselves with lifelong debts, will additionally have through some sort of taxation to pay off the debts of the useless, is of no interest whatsoever to politicians of any Party, since none of them think beyond the next Election. All the current lot will have comfortably retired by then anyway and be collecting their very nice pensions paid for by the rest of us. If fewer of our youngsters wasted 3 years on this kind of nonsense, but instead on leaving school obtained apprenticeships or got the sort of sensible semi-skilled jobs to which most of them are better suited, the case for massive immigration to fill these jobs would be vastly reduced. But the Remoaners – which is the majority of MPs – wouldn’t much like that, would they?

  • unperson

    A professor’s call to shut down US universities –
    article here

  • Stillreading

    Thanks for the link, unperson. A superb article and what readers won’t know unless they follow the link to the author’s published book is that he is himself and African-American. He cannot therefore be accused of racism or racial prejudice. Most of what he says is true of UK universities as well – I know through discussions with youngsters I know who are going through the system. The rot is introduced in primary school, flourishes in secondary school and reaches maturity in universities.

  • Michael Wood

    Haven’t finished reading it yet, but it is well written and interesting to boot!

    By the way, I don’t want any money back!

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