See also Hansard ‘House of Commons ‘Students’ Return to Universities’ 29th September 2020’ where he is quoted as saying:
This week saw more concerns emerge as the OfS Director for Fair Access and Participation, Chris Milward spoke at a Higher Education Policy Institute webinar, ‘How do we improve access and participation in higher education in an age of COVID-19?’ (still available online), on Wednesday. He backed this up with an article ‘Access to higher education before, during and after the pandemic’ on the same day. It seems that only stretched universities will be held to account well after the ‘horse has bolted’ and the damage is done. He promised “We will issue guidance to universities and colleges in November 2020, which will set out how they should report in spring 2021 on the activity and financial support they delivered to students through their access and participation plans during 2019/20, together with any impact the pandemic has had on the plans we have agreed with them from 2020/21 onwards”. Maybe it would be better to issue guidance to their masters in the Government.
Mike Larkin, retired from Queen's University Belfast after 37 years teaching Microbiology, Biochemistry and Genetics. He has served on the Senate and Finance and planning committee of a Russell Group University.