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October 11, 2012

The interests and skills associated with being a vice-chancellor described in "Breeding leaders" seem reasonable enough: research and publications, advising senior staff, controlling costs, ventures to attract new students and so on. But how can these leaders explicitly develop a style of thinking across their institutions that means that outrageously expensive, happy-clappy initiatives such as Parliament's agreement to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80 per cent are far less likely to recur?

Neil Richardson, Kirkheaton

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