I am continually reminded that I need to persuade more people to take one of our masters courses. I agree with this. Education is a good thing. And in a recession, surely lots more people want to take a higher qualification, improve their skills, find new friends, change career and have a good time. And I think our courses are the best of their kind. It should be easy to get say, 3 more people than last year.

But I would like to know the dimensions of the information profession. The numbers underlying this continual drive to increase student recruitment. Do they add up?

- How many people are employed in the information industries in the UK?
- What is the turnover – i.e. how many vacancies are available per year
- How many of these vacancies require someone with a masters in information science or library science?
- How many new masters graduates are needed?
- How many of these could we persuade to study in London?
- How many could we persuade to come to City University London?

It would be great to know. But I’m stuck on the first question.

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