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Communities secretary Eric Pickles takes part in a Twitter Q&A session (17.15) Universities minister David Willetts and Stephen Metcalfe MP speak at a 2020Health event on healthcare, life sciences and the economy (13.00) Damian Hinds ... Continue to article
As we know, David Cameron has taken a merry band of ministers with him on his trip to China. Jeremy Hunt, Owen Paterson, Maria Miller, David Willetts, Ian Livingston, and Hugo Swire were all on board the chartered flight, while even the ...
David Willetts said the sale of student loans would not change the key terms of loans. "We're not talking about students, we're talking about graduates and people who have long since left university. This whole process will be operating,... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Work and pensions questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill: Remaining stages Motion to approve a carry-over extension on the Energy Bill Backbench b... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron delivers a speech at the Lord Mayor's banquet Employment relations minister Jo Swinson has announced new support to protect interns' right to fair pay Business secretary Vince Cable visits Russia with a tr... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Education questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business Offender Rehabilitation Bill: Second reading and motion to decline second reading Debate on a reasoned opinion relating to EU regulations on new psych... Continue to article
LORDS CHAMBER 3.00pm: New peer: Lord Holmes of Richmond will be introduced Oral questions, to ask the government: - How they will enable those who enforce the tax laws to accomplish their tasks better (Lord Phillips of Sudbury, LD) ... Continue to article
Foreign secretary William Hague meets with Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif in London (14.00) Home secretary Theresa May delivers a speech on organised crime at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies in London H... Continue to article
Foreign secretary William Hague hosts meeting of foreign ministers on Syria (14.45) Health secretary Jeremy Hunt delivers a speech at a King’s Fund conference on making health and care services fit for an ageing population (15.35) Def... Continue to article
The British Irish Assembly meets in London to discuss progress and peace that have been achieved in the 15 years since the Good Friday Agreement Energy secretary Ed Davey has announced EDF and China General Nuclear Power Group plans to i... Continue to article
David Willetts said Britain should look at China as an opportunity, not a threat. "I think we come here in the spirit of mutual respect; the Chinese know that Britain is a serious place and we're here because we understand China is a ser... Continue to article
David Willetts argued today's report showing increased public satisfaction with services showed extra cash was not the only way of improving delivery. “That tells me that – and I was slightly disappointed by the approach taken by the TUC... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron meets with the Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán in Downing Street Financial Secretary to the Treasury Sajid Javid is expected to make an announcement on the equitable life compensation scheme Care and... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Welsh questions 12.00 noon: Prime minister’s questions Ten minute rule motion: Coroners and Justice (Amendment) Bill (Paul Beresford, Con, Mole Valley) Main business Motion that the police information ... Continue to article
David Willetts confirmed that housing benefit and Jobseeker's Allowance were the primary focus of the Government's proposed crackdown on benefits for the under-25s. “We will be developing these ideas for our manifesto, and there’s obviou... Continue to article
Not for the first time since 2010, there’s a demonstration outside the Department for Work and Pensions. And not for the first time, Steve Webb and other ministers have to use the ‘tradesman’s entrance’ to get in and out of the bu... Continue to article
Universities Minister David Willetts is expected to announce that small higher education institutions of under 4,000 students will be able to apply for university status, even if they have no intention of increasing in size or want to focus on a single subject.
Class is still a divide in the UK and moving up is "very hard", David Willetts has said.
In a wide-ranging interview with The Times, the Universities Minister defended the appointment of Professor Les Ebdon as head of the Office for Fair Access, saying he was a candidate "who came from the world of universities and understood it".
Mr Willetts also said that he believed universities should be "levelling up, not levelling down" and that "there is no power to force a university to accept someone on a course who doesn’t have the ability to gain from that course and who isn’t up to it".
The Government has announced a privately-funded science university plan. David Willetts, who is heading the initiative, said science and research will drive the economy into growth.
Similar to project in New York, British universities are being asked to come up with ideas which the Government would help with. The universities have to find their own private funding however.
Mr Willetts said: “we are saying to the universities and potential new entrants, the ball is in your court, if you have got smart ideas about things you would like to do in the future that are a bit different from things you do now then come up with the ideas and we’ll look at them sympathetically.”
The Government is urging British universities to set up campuses overseas in order to teach more foreign students, prompting concern from university leaders that its pledge to cut immigration is stifling opportunities for foreign students to study in the UK.
A vice-chancellor told the Sunday Times they had been told "it would not be possible for the government to hit its targets for reducing net migration without cutting the number of visas given to genuine students”.
Provisional figures suggest young people are not being put off applying to university by increased tuition fees.
"It looks as is young people aren’t being put off, it looks as if the crucial group that we’ve made a great effort," the Universities Minister David Willetts told Sky News. "A lot of the debate over the past year has been whether young people leaving school or college would think they had to pay for university and so wouldn’t go."
David Willetts was forced to walk out of a speech at Cambridge University last night after it was disrupted by protesters. The Universities Minister was supposed to speak on the 'Idea of University' but was shouted down by protesters opposed to the Government's higher education policies.
25/11/2013 on BBC News
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06/12/2013 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
06/12/2013 on BBC News
06/12/2013 on Pooled clip