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The UK has a hung parliament, 22 months ahead of its exit from the European Union.

No political party has gained power as a result of yesterday’s general election. The Conservatives have the most MPs but fewer than previously and the party cannot achieve an overall majority. It is likely to form the next government, but will have to tread extremely cautiously. After David Cameron called the EU referendum and failed to achieve the outcome he sought, he resigned. It is unclear whether Theresa May, having called an early general election and failed to increase her majority, will follow suit.

The consequences for higher education are at present opaque. While the world looks askance at the UK, surely the UK looks askance at higher education’s preocuppation with the earnings of university graduates and the results of the teaching excellence framework.

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