Reshaping higher education – whose agenda?
I think they want leaders to comply. You know, they come out with some statements from the Department, or from Ministers who are singularly ill-informed, and don't really understand how universities work (male DVC, Parklane, post-1992)
when I promote widening participation, I don't necessarily think of it as a government policy. I think it's something that I think is really good for people to engage in higher education and be part of it. That's my starting point. It happens that doing that also delivers on a government objective (Male VC, Hopton, pre-1992)
We, we are independent; I mean universities are independent institutions. That said, we get the majority of our funding from HEFCE … so we have a responsibility to be responsive to the country's needs, but I suspect that a university like this, post-'92, big widening access agenda, sees life in those terms much more than Oxford or Cambridge, or a Russell Group university, who are much more inclined to stand proud of government (female VC, Little Oaks, post-1992)