I could not agree more with Malcolm Grant on the opportunities for Cambridge with 21st-century governance.
During six years on the University of Surrey council, I saw the lay members bring real-world savvy to our debates on academic strategy. For five years I headed a school of 90 academics in a system of fully devolved responsibility. My colleagues and I were able to take bold and timely decisions, the benefits of which are flowing fast, not least in the recent research assessment exercise.
Decisions by remote committees and rampant top-slicing of budgets are powerful demotivators.
Michael J. Kelly
Director, Centre for Solid State Electronics
University of Surrey