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    1. July 28, 2014

      Let universities buy debt, says David Willetts

      Universities should be allowed to buy their students’ debts to share risk with the taxpayer and incentivise those with large...

    2. July 8, 2014

      Student loans chairman offered to resign over debt letters

      The chairman of the Student Loans Company offered to resign last week over misleading letters sent to borrowers to recover...

    1. April 30, 2014

      Space industry plans win extra thrust

      A new National Space Security Policy will make the UK more resilient to disruption of space services – whether through...

    2. April 23, 2014

      UK seeks political heavyweight for top EU job

      Britain’s top job in Brussels must go to someone who is a political heavyweight, is popular in the UK and who speaks another...

    3. April 3, 2014

      Minister proposes university campuses to revive towns

      A minister has urged the creation of university campuses in economic “cold spots” in a bid to revive towns needing...

    4. March 28, 2014

      Former Whitehall ‘spad’ reveals how ministers are kept in dark

      A former ministerial aide has lifted the lid on the shadowy world of Whitehall special advisers, revealing the ways in which...

    5. March 11, 2014

      UK boosts investment in international science projects

      Britain is committing £290m to join three international projects in space, physics and astronomy. The spending is the first...

    6. February 10, 2014

      English universities face £125m funding cut

      Universities face a funding cut of £125m next year, which is likely to hit disadvantaged students but preserve scientific...

    7. January 30, 2014

      Britain and France to sign space accord

      Britain and France will sign their first entente spatiale at Friday’s Anglo-French summit. The UK Space Agency and its...

    8. January 13, 2014

      Graduate jobs to hit seven-year high in 2014

      The number of jobs available to UK graduates will hit a seven-year high in 2014, signalling a return to pre-crisis levels in...

    9. January 3, 2014

      How to win, lose and use money in a novel way

      Money – and the unfairness of its distribution – is much on our minds at the moment. Particularly, it boils the minds of the...

    10. December 10, 2013

      David Willetts predicts man on Mars within 30 years

      There will be a person on Mars within the next 30 years, according to the British science minister. David Willetts outlined...

    11. December 5, 2013

      Autumn Statement 2013: Removing the caps on caps and gowns

      Vince Cable, the business secretary, keeps telling audiences that the marginal benefits of sending more people to higher...

    12. November 25, 2013

      Student loans worth £890m to be sold off

      Ministers on Monday confirmed a deal to sell off £890m worth of mortgage-style student loans, part of a wider drive to raise...

    13. November 24, 2013

      SMEs and business schools need closer working links

       Lord Digby Jones – the former head of the CBI, the employers’ body – once said that when it comes to business schools,...

    14. Off Message

      November 20, 2013

      The politics of 'class of the crunch'

      Sarah O’Connor’s series in the FT on the real earnings (down), student debt (up) and housing costs (also up) of England’s...

    15. November 14, 2013

      Call for Britain to have its own spaceport

      Britain should have a spaceport in operation by 2018 to take advantage of the coming era of space tourism and act as...

    16. October 15, 2013

      Ministers urged to tap university research

      A leading industrialist has urged ministers to commit at least £1bn in the next parliament to university-led projects that...

    17. October 4, 2013

      Climate change: sceptics, deniers and believers

      Speaking at a conference run by the European Space Agency in Edinburgh last month, David Willetts, the UK science minister,...

    18. Westminster Blog

      September 30, 2013

      Tory ministers try to flog the phrase "hardworking" to death

      If there is one persistent theme throughout the Tory conference it is the over-use of the word “hard-working” to describe...

    19. August 6, 2013

      Fracking licences granted in 13 cabinet members’ seats, study finds

      More than half of Britain’s cabinet ministers could see shale gas exploited in their constituencies, according to research...

    20. July 24, 2013

      MI5 and GCHQ urge ‘cyber health check’ for UK companies

      Security chiefs have taken the unprecedented step of writing to the chairmen of the UK’s largest quoted companies under a...

    21. July 4, 2013

      David Cameron calls for focus on education exports

      FTSE 500 companies that run professional qualifications as part of their graduate trainee schemes should market them abroad...

    22. June 13, 2013

      G8 ministers pledge to act on bacterial antibiotic resistance

      Science ministers of the G8 countries, meeting in London ahead of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland, agreed to co-ordinate a...

    23. May 20, 2013

      Space industry’s hopes ride on ‘Major Tim’

      The first British astronaut for more than 20 years has been handed a mission above and beyond his journey into space: to be...

    24. May 14, 2013

      UK innovation agency to oversee record £440m funding

      Britain’s innovation agency will have a record £440m budget this year to help enterprises turn ideas into reality and bridge...

    25. April 21, 2013

      UK trails in march of the robots

      The spinning mule was a pivotal element in the industrial revolution, destroying the labour-intensive cottage spinning...

    26. April 8, 2013

      Growth prospects seen in university research

      Sir Andrew Witty is to come up with a plan on how British universities might go about engaging more with local businesses in...

    27. April 3, 2013

      Science starts to share in £600m pot

      David Willetts will on Thursday start dishing out some of the £600m of capital investment earmarked for the science sector...

    28. March 18, 2013

      Soriot’s bitter pill for chancellor

      A Frenchman has given George Osborne a bitter pill to swallow on the eve of his Budget this week, with the decision by...

    29. March 18, 2013

      A bitter pill for Osborne’s constituency

      George Osborne has been given a bitter pill to swallow on the eve of his Budget with the decision by AstraZeneca to cut...

    30. March 18, 2013

      AstraZeneca to shift 1,000 jobs south

      AstraZeneca is to shift more than 1,000 skilled jobs from George Osborne’s Cheshire constituency to Cambridge, embarrassing...

    31. March 14, 2013

      UK government backs seabed mining sector

      The UK government has thrown its weight behind attempts to mine the international seabed for a range of lucrative metals,...

    32. February 27, 2013

      Demand prompts call for more online courses

      UK higher education bodies should invest in online courses to help meet surging demand from students in emerging economies,...

    33. February 21, 2013

      Former Virgin executive to head centre

      Will Whitehorn, a former senior Virgin Group executive, is to chair a government innovation centre being created to devise...

    34. February 21, 2013

      Over-60s ‘should go back to university’

      The over-60s should go to university to retrain because they will be expected to work for longer, David Willetts, the higher...

    35. February 18, 2013

      UK to help India build ‘mega-project’

      British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that India and the UK will build a new industrial corridor between Mumbai...

    36. February 4, 2013

      Business schools need to find a new role

      In his recent speech on technology and growth to Policy Exchange, the UK think-tank, David Willetts, the UK minister for...

    37. January 25, 2013

      Glasgow chosen as model city of the future

      Glasgow beat off 30 other towns and cities to be designated Britain’s model city of the future, a title that brings with it...

    38. December 27, 2012

      Osborne invests £21.5m in graphene race

      The chancellor George Osborne has announced the award of £21.5m in investment funds to UK universities to develop commercial...

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