ICUT is both pleased and proud to announce the appointment of a National President, namely Professor David Marsland, Emeritus Scholar of Sociology and Health Sciences, Brunel University, London and Professorial Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Buckingham.
Other Accolades- Fellow of the Royal Society of Health, Fellow of the Institute of Supervisory Management, Member of UNESCO Social Sciences Board, Advisor to the British Parliamentary Social Security Committee, Hon. General Secretary of the British Sociological Association; Recipient of the 1991 Margaret Thatcher Award for his writings on freedom and enterprise.
Professor Marsland is a distinguished writer, broadcaster and academic commentator, and well known to the worlds of Sociology and Politics where he has made many unique contributions. His litany of books and scholarly papers assumed an increasingly strident challenge to the leftist consensus previously characterising Sociology and Health Studies. The two most recent publications, Seeds of Bankruptcy (1988, Claridge Press) and Welfare or Welfare State? (1996, Macmillans) both questioned excessive reliance on state welfare as well as challenging the worth of traditional and socialist elites. They plot a new direction based on personal initiative, reassertion of the work ethic and transformation of dependency culture to meritocracy, self help and growth.
Professor Marsland continues his contributions to debates on welfare, youth and related issues. Originally a man of the British centre-left, he became a key figure in the 1980/90s Radical Society where he joined like-minded academics, politicians and social commentators in embracing the new culture of enterprise, individuality and meritocracy ushered in by Mrs Thatcher's premiership. Professor Marsland holds a healthy distaste for state and private monopolies, and advocates his beliefs with a style that is independent, articulate, even iconoclastic, but always respectful of other viewpoints.
ICUT welcomes the arrival of such a distinguished scholar to our ranks. We salute his achievements, we love his style, and we share his distaste for elites and monopolies, especially the current generation of pompous academics and smug bureaucrats running so many of our U.K. universities. Most importantly, we look forward to a fruitful association with this most prodigious and independent-minded of British social thinkers.
Welcome aboard, David!
Professor Marsland receives the 1991 Margaret Thatcher Award from the former Prime Minister, Mrs (now Baroness) Thatcher.
Professor Marsland is pleased to offer the following endorsement:
“ICUT seems to me an immensely valuable innovation in the sphere of education. It is serving students well in helping them to make the very best of themselves and their capacities.
Some few British universities are among the best in the world. But this is no great claim. Rapid expansion of our university system and fashionable overemphasis on research by comparison with teaching has produced a situation in which many students find less effective care of their learning experience than they need and have a right to.
ICUT is answering this need very effectively. ICUT, its Director Dr Vincent McKee, and its staff deserve the support of everyone who believes that education is – for our nation and individuals alike – the path to the future for Britain and those many friendly nations from where visiting students come.”
Professor David Marsland