OK. So we make a bonfire of the higher education bill. Then what?
Question. If the promised higher education bill is toast, then how much of the agenda laid out in the white paper actually remains possible within the existing legislative framework?
- Are there limits to how far David Willetts can push marketisation policies like AAB and core-margin?
- What can still be done for private providers?
- How far can HEFCE's remit be changed by reinterpreting existing texts?
- Can HEFCE stand by while universities go bust, especially the many new universities who are financially vulnerable to the market but were established as higher education corporations?
- Can HEFCE continue to impose its will on those universities to whom it no longer provides much money?
Answers (and more questions) please in the comments section.