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David Willetts said science ministers would use the G8 talks to discuss whether resistance to antibiotics should considered a "big global challenge". “What the scientists are advising on – this is after all the science strand of the G8 s... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 2.30pm: Communities and local government questions (topicals at 3.15pm) Main business Energy Bill: Remaining stages (day 1 of 2) Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Or... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12.15am) Main business Queen’s speech debate on the cost of living (opposition speakers: shadow energy secretary Caroline Flint and shadow communities and local government sec... Continue to article
COMMONS CHAMBER 11.30am: Treasury questions (topicals at 12.15am) 12.30pm: Ministerial statement on Operation Herrick Main business Queen’s speech debate on the cost of living (opposition speakers: shadow energy secretary Caroli... Continue to article
Vince Cable refused to commit to a targeted spend on science as a proportion of GDP. “I certainly share Sir Paul's [Nurse, President of the Royal Society] priority. He’s absolutely right, we have worked with our science, certainly since ... Continue to article
Chancellor George Osborne and Treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander launch a report on an independent Scotland's currency and monetary policy in Glasgow Home secretary Theresa May has a meeting with the Association of Police and Crim... Continue to article
Education secretary Michael Gove and former education minister Lord Adonis attend the Spectator conference on the schools revolution in London (09.00) Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin speaks at a London First breakfast discussion o... Continue to article
David Willetts said the Government wanted to make Britain a centre for medical research and development. "It helps us answer that question that you pose right at the beginning because we will discover over time the interaction of people’... 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.
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