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The reshuffle tightens No 10’s grip on R&D—universities should be wary

Last Wednesday, six days into a dramatic—and drawn out—government reshuffle, it was finally confirmed that the universities and science brief would be split in two for the first time in ten years. 

The decision to divide the role, with universities falling under Michelle Donelan in the Department for Education and science under Amanda Solloway in the business department, ratchets up a tension faced by universities under the previous set-up of one minister straddling the two departments. 

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