18 Jul 2016
Bill Rammell, Vice Chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire and a former Universities Minister, has written a piece for the Times Higher Education on why he is pleased to see universities re-united with schools within the remit of the Department for Education.
"As universities, our core mission is to deliver an outstanding educational experience to all those with the talent and will to take advantage of that opportunity. Progress has been made in widening participation, but the lack of coordination between schools policy, skills policy and university policy has created frustration across the sector," he writes.
He continues: "Universities alone cannot be responsible for fair access and widening participation. It takes strong networks of schools, colleges and universities working in a coordinated way to support students to progress. That is hampered by dividing schools from colleges and universities across government."
Read the full article here.