Chapter 10

Chapter 10

Ten questions about the future of universities

The first challenge that Charles faced upon appointment as UK Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on 24 October 2002, was what to do about student finance. This was a very controversial area but one where the government needed to act, including legislation, before the next General Election, expected in 2005. After intense and rapid work, he published the White Paper with his proposals on 22 January 2003, which was then implemented, though not without plenty of ups and downs.

This was not a good method of making policy and is not to be recommended, though this process is not atypical of many political decisions in controversial areas.

This chapter identifies ...

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