• HEPI number Occasional Paper 15

This new pamphlet by Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor for the University of Bedfordshire and a former Higher Education Minister, argues the Government’s obsession with market competition ignores the fundamental purpose of universities to serve the public interest.

He argues that the public interest should be reflected in legislation and calls for restrictions on the award of degree- awarding powers as well as wider recognition of the civic benefits of higher education.