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What do the last weeks of 2020 look like for higher education?

Friday saw the government end national Anti-Bullying Week with the resignation of Alex Allan, the prime minister’s adviser on ministerial standards, after Boris Johnson chose to ignore the results of his investigation that found the home secretary guilty of creating her own hostile environment. To add to the fun, both the prime minister and Dido Harding, head of the track-and-trace system, are self-isolating after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for Covid-19.

What next for this accident-prone government? This week should be a pivotal one as far as the government’s relationship with higher education is concerned—with the mass testing of students, the spending review and Brexit all in play—but it probably won’t be.

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