This is a piece by Andrew McGettigan on the Universities Minister David Willetts’ responses to the HE White Paper.

Critical Education

Months late but here it is, the government has finally published a formal response to the consultations it ran off the back of last June’s Higher Education White Paper.

I had planned a quick blog post but what I was drafting soon ballooned as I started to try to cover what was missing from today’s response. There really were very few new concrete announcements, whilst the proposed single regulatory framework for HE in England seems to have taken a battering from respondents. We knew there was to be no HE Bill in 2012 but the plans are in a weaker state than thought.

This might seem an exaggeration, but when you read Part 3 relating to the Technical Consultation it is striking that the summaries provided spell out the half-baked nature of that document, whilst concrete response to the many objections is absent. ‘Too rushed and too little detail’ is…

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