On higher education

So. We’re hiring at the moment (if you’re interested please drop us a line). We put an advert on the Yorkshire and Humberside Graduate Link web site, as we’re looking for graduate types and thought this was a good way to dip our toes in the water of recruitment. We’ve had a very favourable response, but a couple have really scared me…

Two of the applicants have done degrees in “Web Engineering” (or something very similarly named). Both of them have portfolio web sites which, rightly enough, appear prominently on their CVs. Both of these portfolio websites use .bmp format images that are full size and then scaled by the image tag (one using images well over a megabyte in size being used as icons). I’m gobsmacked. I’m about to sound like my dad, but… Is this really the level of education that they are leaving University with? I’m actually tempted to write to the people running the courses. That is not a BSc, and it shouldn’t be called one.