University doesn't teach the skills needed for IT Admins/Engineers in my observation - at least for a Windows network (you might be able to get Unix admins out of a uni) and for the exact reasons you say Gareth. Polytechs seem to be more useful for that kind of education. IIRC +Neil Dixon
, +Gareth Davies
and myself all at least started on a Bachelor of Computing Systems at Unitech. That was a much better fit for the IT roles we are in now than what most universities offer from what I have seen.