Les Ebdon named as ‘preferred candidate’ for Offa job

The government has named its preferred candidate to lead the university access watchdog the Office for Fair Access.

January 27, 2012

Les Ebdon, who is stepping down as vice-chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire this summer, will appear before a House of Commons select committee on 2 February to be quizzed on his application for the vacancy.

If he is succesful, Professor Ebdon, who is chair of the Million+ group of post-1992 institutions, will replace Sir Martin Harris as Offa director.

The developments follow a delay in the hunt for a new director after the government extended the search in an apparent bid to find a suitable candidate from outside the sector.

Times Higher Education reported in December that, following interviews for the job, ministers were left with just one name – understood to be David Allen, registrar and deputy chief executive of the University of Exeter – and wanted a more varied pool.

Mr Allen is understood to have withdrawn his candidature before Christmas.

Professor Ebdon has been an outspoken critic of government policy during his time as Million+ chairman, frequently raising concerns about the impact of the tuition fee hike on students from poorer backgrounds.

jack.grove@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

Sir Christopher Snowden, former Universities UK president, attacks ratings in wake of Southampton’s bronze award

opinion illustration

Eliminating cheating services, even if it were possible, would do nothing to address students’ and universities’ lack of interest in learning, says Stuart Macdonald

Female professor

New data show proportion of professors who are women has declined at some institutions

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride