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Chalk Talk: How I fell victim to unreasonable force

To the University of London to hear David Willetts talk about the future of universities. Apparently, the Universities Secretary wanted to cycle to the event but was told to abandon the idea because of the presence of a large number of student demonstrators. When I arrived at Senate House they were noisily chanting near the entrance to the meeting. As I offered identification to a steward, I was grabbed by the arm and forced back against a wall. I was tempted to say "get your hands off me", but a look at the steward's face made me think this might not be a wise move. In the end, a second steward accepted my ID and I was allowed into the meeting.

Vince Cable cancels talk in face of student protests

Vince Cable last night cancelled a talk at Oxford University after being warned students were preparing to stage a major demonstration.

The Sketch: You know, I don't think anyone knows if there's anyone in the know?

We're going to look back on this as a golden age for observers. MPs, committees, ministers, the Chancellor in charge of £700bn of taxpayers' money – they're all waaaaay out of their depth. They don't know – but the better ones know they don't know, and the best know they can't ever know.

Cameron softens stance on blocking immigration

Plans for a stringent cap on numbers of immigrant workers are to be softened in the face of warnings from business leaders that it could prevent them from bringing the brightest foreign talent to Britain.

Willetts: unlimited university fees are 'unsustainable'

A free-for-all in student fees – one of the recommendations of a government inquiry into financing higher education – was effectively ruled out by the Universities Secretary David Willetts yesterday.

Science: Willetts wins funding battle with warning of 'brain drain'

British scientists gave a collective sigh of relief yesterday at the Government's decision to keep the £4.6bn science budget at the current level for the next four years, meaning that the sector has escaped with a relatively small 9 per cent cut in real terms until 2015.

Information, please: it’s time to fill the data gap

With applications and course fees rising, Sarah Morrison finds a central database is needed

Britain's 'father of IVF' wins the Nobel Prize

Maverick scientist is rewarded for his pioneering research into human fertility

Time to fill the data gap: A central database is needed as applications and course fees rise

It has been six months since a major Government review on postgraduate studies was published, and little has been done to fill what some officials describe as a "data vacuum" in the sector. Yet, with almost a quarter of students in the UK now studying at a postgraduate level, administrators say that this is the year in which the gap in statistics must start to be filled.

System of exam boards 'corrupt and diseased', says leading schools adviser

Awarding bodies accused of urging heads to use their exams because they were 'easier'

Boyd Tonkin: A minister who banks on ideas

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Poor pupils 'miss out on top universities'

A Government inquiry has been launched into why thousands of "missing" teenagers fail to get into Britain's most prestigious universities, despite getting the exam grades to warrant a place.

Scientists go on attack over reduced research spending

Ministers and scientists traded blows yesterday over the Government's threatened cuts to science funding.

Leading article: The dangers of trying to pick winners

The latest area of Government spending that has come under the public microscope ahead of the Comprehensive Spending Review is the £6bn annual science budget. The Business Secretary, Vince Cable, delivered a speech this week saying that, to cut costs, his department will stop funding "mediocre" research. And the Science Minister, David Willetts, yesterday stressed the need for universities to come up with ways of earning private money from their research through commercial development in order to reduce their reliance on the state.

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