"It would be more than ridiculous to link excellence in teaching with the salaries of institutions that graduate workers in a public sector, where the government has a salary cap," he says. "We have no control over what is paid to a nurse. But we are proud to help provide the best nurses the country needs. "
The new policy has been enabled by the release of the experimental data set Longitudinal Education Outcomes [PDF] from the government, which is the first of his type in tracking graduates in the workplace, using information from different government departments.
Petford says: "No matter how well intentioned, if used crudely as a comparator, the data could destabilize the system and put some courses at risk. "He adds:" If you really believe that university X is better than university AND in the salaries of graduates, you will favor by default those who educate veterans and bankers about those who train dementia nurses and elementary school teachers. "
The director of another university, who asked to remain anonymous, expresses it clearly:" The practical for me if I want a gold Tef is to close the infirmary and social assistance and recruit a large number of lawyers. I think it will be incredibly socially regressive. "
Similarly, feelings are running out at the University of the West of England in Bristol, which trains a large number of students for careers in nursing, social work, paramedics and the police, Steve West, the vice chancellor, says: "Many will start their careers in public services where salaries have been repressed for years and professional progression has been reduced. Many will keep our hospitals, schools and social services open.
"The simple idea that value equals winning power is naive and insulting, young people are driven by many things, and for the majority it is not how much they earn when they graduate."
Ian Dunn, associate vice chancellor of student experience at Coventry University, notes that some of his students of economics-one of the courses with the greatest potential for national income-choose to enter the civil service or to teach. "According to this new measure, I should advise them to go to the operating room instead, at a time when we need great teachers, that would be morally reprehensible."
Ben Craig, 24, who is training to be a pediatric nurse at the University of Northampton, says that although he wants to know that he will earn a "fixed salary", he chose his course because he wanted to work in a humanitarian profession and feel satisfied "Work in the neighborhood it can be emotionally exhausting, but there would be nothing worse than getting up in the morning and doing a job that I was afraid of. "
Along with his studies, he has periods of full-time work in a children's room in the General hospital of Kettering, often in shifts of 13 or 14 hours. But he says he does not mind hard work. "As a nurse you are a friend of the child you are assigned to, it can be a discouraging environment for children, and you have to be this positive spirit for them, and you give doctors an idea of that child, which is so vital."
Craig, who is in the third year of his nursing degree, says he is one of the "lucky ones" because he started studying before the nursing scholarships were abolished. He is the first person in his family to go to college and says he would have thought a lot more about getting a nursing degree if he had had to pay fees of £ 9,250 per year.
Applications for nursing degrees in England decreased by 13% in January this year, according to the latest data from Ucas, and older students are less likely to apply than those at 18.
Kevin Crimmons, associate professor of adult nursing at Birmingham City University, says: "We are still recovering from the elimination of the nursing scholarship, for our nursing degree we have significantly more mature students than those who leave the His needs are completely different and so is his reaction to the debt. "
He is worried that the changes in the teaching rankings are something else that was not thought through a" soundproofing policy "that could have serious side effects for nursing.
"The government has been irresponsible in abolishing the scholarships, which was a profound change, without thinking what the impact would be, and without a national media campaign to explain the new finances to potential students."
Add that Nursing students are motivated by compassion rather than salary. "They tell us they want to do nursing because they want to make a difference in people's lives."
A survey on how students perceive the value for money published by the new Student Office this month found that students were "overwhelmingly" more interested in the quality of teaching, fair assessment, and helpful comments from tutors who how much to win at the end.
Dunn says: "Students get the message that they will be working for 50 years, so it is quite understandable that they not only focus on salary, they have a broader idea of being happy in their careers and their lives"
The Department of Education said that salaries in nursing were above average for those 25 to 29 years old, according to data from the Office of National Statistics and that the new rankings would take into account a series of measures, not only graduated salaries. "Tef will help applicants make better decisions, and students will have more information than ever before, which will allow them to compare universities by subject and hold universities accountable for the education they provide."