Fears that Willetts’ hellish week may leave debate in limbo

Fears that Willetts’ hellish week may leave debate in limbo | Simon Baker | Times Higher Education | 19 May 2011

The future of higher education is being put in jeopardy at a time of unprecedented change because coalition politics and “knee-jerk” reactions to policy proposals are stifling debate, vice-chancellors have warned. Their concerns come in the wake of a furore last week over an idea floated by David Willetts, the universities and science minister, who suggested removing number controls for “off-quota” home students who can fund their tuition fees up front.

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