Nick Cohen in The Observer, on new plans to reform higher education funding:
"[The government] plans to replace the judging panels with a computer, which will record the number of times an academic's name is mentioned by his colleagues. The theory is that the best academics receive the greatest number of acknowledgements in footnotes. Let a database identify who these oft-cited professors are and - bingo! - you have found the finest minds of your generation."
Essentially, the question of whether a university department thrives, shrivels or even ceases to exist, will be decided by Google.