After 12 months of relative calm, do universities face political churn again?
When Suella Braverman departed her role as home secretary the first time round, Universities UK’s chief executive Vivienne Stern declared herself to be “delighted”. Unfortunately, in the great revolving door of this Conservative government, Braverman was back in post seven days later under new prime minister Rishi Sunak.
The normally diplomatic Stern had some serious tap dancing to do. What she actually said of Braverman’s departure was: “To state the obvious, we are delighted that moves afoot over the last two weeks to make the UK less attractive to international students are off the table.”