Letter: Competition is to blame for alleged bad blood at Oxford

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The Independent Online
Sir: Your leading article 'A change in Oxford's balance of power' (19 May) suggested that 'tenure for professors and lecturers . . . has the unintended consequence of slowing down change in university hierarchies'.

It may interest your readers to know that tenure for university staffs was abolished by the Education Reform Act 1988.

Yours sincerely,

TED NIELD

Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom

London, WC1

19 May

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