An Arts Degree is a Waste of Time and Money
BY spectator events
March 4, 2014
The Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AJ
Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group
Julia Hobsbawm, For the motion, founder, Editorial Intelligence
Harry Cole, For the motion, contributing editor, The Spectator
Katie Hopkins, For the motion, columnist, Sun newspaper, reality television participant
What good are the arts really? In a world in which a degree is no longer a guarantee of employment, is it not more sensible for students to undertake vocational study?
Vote before the debate: 30 For, 177 Against, 52 Undecided
Vote after the debate: 36 For, 267 Against, 14 Undecided
The motion ‘An Arts Degree is a Waste of Time and Money’ was roundly defeated at our lively Spectator debate, in which Will Self took on Katie Hopkins. Self, opposing the motion, was supported by Wellington College headmaster Anthony Seldon and Doug Richard, entrepreneur and former Dragon from BBC’s Dragon’s Den. Katie Hopkins, supporting the motion, was backed by The Spectator’s contributing editor Harry Cole and by Julia Hobsbawm, founder of Editorial Intelligence.