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September 28, 2009

In reply, David Lammy looked forward to a new framework for higher education which will be presented in the autumn by Peter Mandelson, now in charge of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which has superseded the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. This framework, he said, would “describe the vision of how government will support universities and employers in working together to balance the supply and demand of high-level skills and the many other valuable things that our universities deliver”.

The framework “is likely to ask you to move further and faster down the path you are already on towards greater emphasis on economic outcomes”. He added that this did not mean there would be an instrumentalist approach to higher education, or that the notion that the pursuit of knowledge was a valuable end in itself would be abandoned.

  • Pushing Back on Requests for Salary Cuts,” Inside Higher Ed (Aug. 19/09): “The Collective Bargaining Congress of the American Association of University Professors issued a statement Tuesday urging faculty groups to resist such calls — unless they receive more power in shaping the direction of their institutions.” (read full statement)

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