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Lisa Roberts argues that university partnerships are the secret to a healthier, fairer future

Universities are going through one of the biggest transformations since 1945. The decade to 2030 is likely to be the most challenging period that university leadership teams have seen in their careers, thanks to the pandemic, Brexit, financial uncertainty about the post-18 review of student fees, changes to research funding and an unstable pension and pay situation.

The expectations on universities from government, students, staff, businesses and local stakeholders have changed significantly and universities will need all their skills to navigate the years ahead. September 2020 was not the easiest time, then, to start as vice-chancellor at the University of Exeter.

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