New Crewe member for Hefce?

November 18, 2005

At the Higher Education Policy Institute's seminar at the House of Commons last week, Ivor Crewe, past president of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of Essex University, gave a robust answer to the question:

"What are universities for?". In fact, Professor Crewe, tipped as a possible successor to Sir Howard Newby, who stands down as Higher Education Funding Council for England chief next year, gave such a robust answer that one audience member observed it was "just the sort of answer the next head of Hefce might give". We'll soon know - the job is advertised on page 32, with the surprisingly tight deadline of December5

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