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The secretary of state for education has delivered an update on the impact of his “interventions” in higher education.

When education secretary Damian Hinds started intervening in higher education earlier this year, the objective—to Playbook, at least—seemed clear: choose three issues that resonate with the public; make some outspoken comments, call for change; and take credit for any changes that occur.

To choose the topics, just look at the potential to generate column inches in the national press. Hence, essay mills, grade inflation and unconditional offers made the cut. Then, call for change—as Hinds did on 20 March (essay mills); 25 March (grade inflation); and 5 April (the use of “conditional unconditional offers” when recruiting students).

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