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What will change under the Higher Education and Research Act?

Universities may suffer under an ill-advised regulatory regime

By David Midgley  

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The Higher Education and Research Act 2017 passed into law on 27th April. But the ease with which it slipped through both Houses in the week before the dissolution cannot disguise the fact that its passage through parliament was exceedingly rough. Between December and March the bill was subjected to well over 500 amendments before a version was arrived at that both the Commons and the Lords could accept. What can we learn from this process, and where does it leave our universities?

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