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Higher Education in an Age of Austerity

  • 17 February 2011
  • By Sir Alan Langlands, Chief Executive of HEFCE; Professor Sir David Watson, Principal of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford

First seminar in a series of four in the House of Commons, supported by i-graduate and Wiley.

The past ten years have been years of plenty for the HE sector – that much is clear with hindsight – but with the public finances now strictly controlled and universities challenged to develop new sources of funding, what does the future hold for the sector in this new age of austerity? The Government has warned that the sector must be prepared now for a period of consolidation and possibly contraction, but what actions can higher education leaders take to ensure that the sector remains healthy, robust and competitive?

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