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UCU response to appointment of Chris Skidmore as universities minister

5 December 2018

Responding to the appointment of Chris Skidmore as the universities minister, UCU head of policy and campaigns Matt Waddup said:

'The minister comes in at a crucial juncture for higher education. We have the highest fees in the world, an admissions policy which embeds inequality and are suffering on the global stage because of a hostile environment and Brexit.

'In the face of much political uncertainty, what the sector needs is a champion who understands the huge contribution universities make to our economy and society.'