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University mergers: will others follow the Welsh model?


Will Ham Bevan

The Guardian

21 August 2014 

The article draws on PA’s survey of higher education leaders, which found that  56% of the polled vice-chancellors feared “significant rationalisation through mergers or takeovers” in the next five to 10 years. The article asks whether mergers are to be feared, or if the benefits of coming together outweigh the disadvantages. 

Mike cautions against making across-the-board predictions. He comments: “The history of the whole higher education sector is one of continuous mergers of different size and scale. Almost every instance you see is unique – there’s not necessarily a sector-wide pattern. 

“Take the UCL-Institute of Education one. They’ve been very close for years, with shared services and their strategic partnership. It has a logic of its own, because UCL doesn’t have a school of education and IoE has been vulnerable as a monotechnic in a particularly difficult sector. So the times make it a good thing to do.”


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