11 OCTOBER 1975, Page 4

Students and Dr Boyson

Sir: In his, at times, amusing survey of contemporary higher education, Dr. Rhodes Boyson once more calls for the replacement of student grants by loans. Whilst this is attractive on the premise that all new graduates walk smartly into well-paid executive posts, the reality, of course, is different.

A large proportion will spend several further years on low incomes training for professional qualifications, others may dedicate their lives to socially useful, but hardly well paid work. This country needs these people as well as the highly paid businessman and, in my opinion, the state should encourage, not discourage, them in their endeayours.

The graduate who is highly paid repays what society has given him many times over — both in terms of high taxation and the hard work he puts in to justify his level of remuneration.

Richard Reid 30 Love Lane, Pinner, Middx.

Sir: As a final-year student following a course in modern languages at the University of Bradford, 1 should like to advise Dr Boyson against making such sweeping generalisations as those Which appear in his article 'Advice to Young students'.

Those students who are accepted for the course consider themselves lucky, and with good reason, in view of the Very keen competition for places which exists. This necessarily means that high entry requirements are set. I myself Obtained three grade 'A' A-level passes, and it should be stressed that this is by no means exceptional.

I believe that any other students following the course, if they had seen this article, would be as angry as I am at being classified a "weaker student". Sue Marshall' Flat 7, 285 Manningham Lane, Bradford