Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

The Week in Higher Education

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

The Week in Higher Education

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"One in four billionaires dropped out of university or didn't receive any higher education at all, a study has revealed." So the Daily Mirror reported on 2 March, citing GoCompare's Billionaire League. "While Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg may be the most famous living college dropouts, they are not alone," it said. "Indian business tycoon Gautam Adani, who Forbes estimates to be worth nearly $4 billion (£2.83 billion), quit Gujarat University in his second year." The converse interpretation of the "study", that three in four billionaires did finish higher education, was curiously absent from the Mirror article.

The normally media-shy Jo Johnson appears to be coming out of his shell to back the UK's continued membership of the European Union, as his brother Boris noisily leads the Brexit brigade into battle. The universities and science minister submitted himself to a softball interview by The Times published on 5 March, nominally about the referendum, in which we learned that the Johnsons are keenly competitive over tennis. "Boris has an advantage at the moment because he has a tennis court," Mr Johnson said. "He's moved off the wooden racket and the funny thing is he's an unbelievably fast runner." The Times had the younger Johnson scrambling only when it asked if he might compete for the Conservative leadership against his brother. The prospect of three more months of EU referendum coverage is one thing - but it seems that this will also include a five-set marathon of Johnson family minutiae.

The annual grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills landed on the Higher Education Funding Council for England's doormat on 4 March. Its signatories, Sajid Javid, the business secretary, and Jo Johnson, the universities and science minister, said they wanted Hefce to "take responsibility for delivering" the teaching excellence framework "in Year 2", meaning 2018-19. Ministers also want Hefce to ensure that a new quality assurance regime "maintains the broader assurances that are needed to support Home Office visa activity, act as a potential gateway into TEF, and maintain the UK HE global reputation, including by maintaining compatibility with our obligations under the Bologna process. …

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