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Oliver Wright: Willetts may have 'two brains' – but are they both working?

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David Willetts: 'We must radically rethink the way we see higher education'

It is a year to the day since David Willetts first took up his post as Universities Minister. Since then, he has had to endure his fair share of heckling from students opposed to his plans for raising tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year, engage in a battle to get his fees proposals through the Commons and spent hours burning the midnight oil on a White Paper on the future of higher education – which should see the light of day later this summer.

Leading article: The rich should not be able to buy preference

Samuel Beckett was once asked why he quit his job as a university lecturer teaching the cream of Irish society. Indeed, the rich and the thick, was his riposte. The Tory minister, David Willetts, was forced into an embarrassing climbdown before the House of Commons yesterday after suggestions that he wanted to introduce a two-tier system in English universities which would apparently favour those with money over those with academic ability.

The Sketch: Willetts' policy debacle managed to make even the Lib Dems look good

"Right – increasing Lib Dem self esteem. Proposal one. Let's get some ministerial monkey to say he's writing a White Paper for the return of apprenticeships for separating litter, or getting the homeless to build their own hovels on landfill sites. Give him a day of media. Then let Nick Clegg demand the policy gets pulled – result!"

Tories act to quell row over university places

The Prime Minister was forced to deny yesterday that the Government had any plans to allow wealthy students to buy places at the country's most elite universities, following a proposal floated by the Universities minister.

Warning over paying for places tuition fee plans

Proposals to let universities charge wealthy students much higher tuition fees risk turning the clock back to when "breeding not brains" mattered, ministers were warned today.

Top university places on offer for students with wealthy parents

Wealthy parents could be allowed to 'buy' their children places at top universities by paying higher fees under plans being put together by the government.

Between The Covers: 08/05/2011

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