BPP shuts dental course as regulator raises safety concerns – Laurie Taylor’s take.

Students on course forced to find alternative programmes, as government plans to open English sector further to new providers.

First, the truth:

BPP University has shut a dentistry course after it failed to meet General Dental Council standards, leaving new students unable to start and existing undergraduates facing an uncertain future.

Events at BPP, which is owned by a for-profit private equity group, come as the government prepares to open the English sector further to new providers by allowing them to award degrees from the start of their operations on a probationary basis. Critics warn that if new providers subsequently fail, or do not gain full degree-awarding powers, it could mean more students being left unable to complete their courses.

The mess we’re in – full storyvia THE

and now: The Spoof

Laurie Taylor’s take – 12 October 2017

Pull the other one!

“One only hopes it doesn’t prompt an outbreak of bad dentistry jokes.”

That was the reaction of Poppleton’s own Head of Dentistry, Professor Phil McCavity, to the news that BPP University, which is owned by a for-profit private equity group, had shut down a dentistry course after it failed to meet General Dental Council standards.

Professor McCavity told ThePoppletonian that he had already encountered one report of the closure that was headlined “Painful cavity as BPP pulls course”.

Such glib recourse to puns threatened to obscure the emotional issues raised by the closure. “It’s important to remember”, said Professor McCavity, “that dentists also have fillings.”

He hoped that the BPP tutors would not feel too down in the mouth about the closure and would brace themselves for the challenges that lay ahead.

A spokesperson for BPP said that he was “bewildered” by the sudden closure. “As a for-profit provider, we’ve been happily making successful extractions from public funds for many years.”

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