Universities are very fortunate to work with Hefce and the research councils. Given that the policy of both funding bodies is to be supportive of excellence and efficiency, but not to interfere in priorities, abolishing either of them would be a direct attack on the autonomy of universities. It would be sensible to scrap the TDA and merge it with Hefce to bring teaching into line with the funding support of many other forms of professional training.
Vice-chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and chair of the University Alliance
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