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The UK’s most influential academic?

Ehsan Masood takes tea with Vernon Bogdanor, former professor of government at the University of Oxford, who famously taught David Cameron.

I suggest to Vernon Bogdanor that he shouldn’t have any trouble filling in an “impact” statement for the Research Excellence Framework. “All you need to do is write the words David Cameron on the form,” I say half-jokingly. But if Bogdanor is chuffed by the progress of his former student, at the start of our interview at least, he is not letting on.

We meet for tea in Shoreditch, home to Research Fortnight, but now much more famous as London’s imitation silicon valley. It is Bogdanor’s first visit to the neighbourhood that Number 10 has crowned Tech City. He has written a book on coalition governments, The Coalition and the Constitution. It recalls the formation of the coalition and speculates on what could happen next. But to begin with, Bogdanor wants to talk about coalition higher-education policy.

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