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No 10 statement A Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister has accepted the resignations of the following Ministers: - The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP (Minister without Portfolio) - The Rt Hon David Willetts MP (Minister of... Continue to article
Cabinet Ministers William Hague is leaving the Foreign Office to become Leader of the House. He will not stand as an MP in 2015 Ken Clarke stands down as Minister without Portfolio Owen Paterson has been sacked as Environment Secre... Continue to article
Prime minister David Cameron and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg have announced new growth deals for local authorities and businesses Labour leader Ed Miliband announces new local council devolution plans Home secretary Theresa May ... Continue to article
David Willetts said Britain was ready to take a leading role in the advancement of robotics. “We’ve already invested tens of millions of pounds in R we have some great skills in Britain already. I mean, we’re very good at writing softwar... Continue to article
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Prime minister David Cameron (15.00) and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg (14.25) meet with the European Council president Herman Van Rompuy at Downing Street Chancellor George Osborne speaks in Manchester about the potential of a new Ma... Continue to article
David Willetts denied that the rows over passport processing and school extremism gave an impression of government incompetence. "Schools and passports do indeed matter to people and I think what we've seen on schools... is of course a r... Continue to article
David Willetts said universities should take note after a Freedom of Information request revealed that more than 20,000 students complained last year. "Students are more and more demanding and quite rightly so. The fact is, in the old sy... Continue to article
David Willetts has dismissed the so-called Ukip surge and was confident the public would vote for the "grown-ups" at the next general election. The Universities Minister - who made the comments in response to the question 'will Ukip caus... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne and education minister Liz Truss are expected to make an announcement on actions to encourage the study of STEM subjects Foreign secretary William Hague visits Ukraine to meet with Organization for Security and ... Continue to article
Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg launches the Liberal Democrats' local election campaign Communities secretary Eric Pickles speaks at the launch of the First World War centenary battlefield tours programme at the Guards Museum in London ... Continue to article
David Willetts said that the Government had been in contact with Pfizer over its proposed AstraZeneca takeover. "Well, we have been having very tough conversations with Pfizer and have made it clear to them that the British Government atta... 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.
29/06/2014 on World This Weekend, BBC Radio 4
11/06/2014 on The World at One, BBC Radio 4
03/06/2014 on Daily Politics, BBC Two
Summaries and transcripts from TV and radio
31/07/2014 on BBC News
31/07/2014 on World at One, BBC Radio 4
31/07/2014 on Sky News