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Tory leadership race raises concerns over funding review

Higher education leaders and experts are concerned that the review of funding for post-18 education might lead to universities being “kicked unnecessarily” during a Tory leadership race, as universities minister, Chris Skidmore, backs Sajid Javid.

Prime minister Theresa May has announced that she will resign on 7 June, paving the way for a leadership contest that is set to run until the end of July. It is rumoured that the Augar review into funding for post-18 education, commissioned by May, could be published as soon as next week, leaving the next Conservative Party leader to take it forward.

Speaking to HE after May made the announcement on 24 May, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute think tank Nick Hillman said he was worried that the review of post-18 education could throw universities into an unwelcome spotlight, giving any leadership candidate an opportunity to come down hard on higher education.

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