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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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,...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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,...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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,...

  28. 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,...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. December 14, 2012

    OU leads universities into online venture

    British university professors will soon start teaching virtual classes of hundreds of thousands of students around the world...

  36. December 9, 2012

    Time called on Serco’s NPL contract

    Serco, the FTSE 100 outsourcing company, has lost its contract to run the National Physical Laboratory – which built the...

  37. November 22, 2012

    UK approves first for-profit university

    A private equity company has won approval for Britain’s first for-profit university as part of government efforts to open...

  38. November 15, 2012

    Cameron immigration policy under fire

    David Cameron’s immigration policy was under heavy fire on Thursday night, as London mayor Boris Johnson and the boss of the...

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