Sector norms are bad news

April 30, 2009

With all Oxbridge colleges in the process of registering with the Charity Commission, the Charities Act is ever before my mind (Letters, 23 April). And I yield to nobody in my anxiety that the Higher Education Funding Council for England will misuse its powers as the regulator for higher education. But the present nonsense is retrospective: it is all about the Lambert report and the usual rubbish about "sector norms". My point was simply that the sector norms are out of date, destructive of academic self-government and inimical to higher education's values. Otherwise, no doubt, they are fine.

Alan Ryan, Warden, New College, Oxford.

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