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Universities need to be accountable—but to what standards?

Tensions in the Higher Education Bill

By Naomi Goulder  

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The Higher Education and Research Bill, currently on its way through parliament (about to progress to the House of Lords), sets out proposals for the most significant transformation of UK higher education in 25 years.

In his foreword to the white paper “Success as a knowledge economy: teaching excellence, social mobility and student choice,” Jo Johnson, the Minister for Universities and Science, wrote that our universities underpin “a strong economy and a flourishing society,” “drive competitiveness” and “nurture the values that sustain our…

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