Ex Ministers discussed their biggest achievements and mistakes at RP Live organised by Ex Libris
Two former universities and science ministers have revealed their biggest mistakes in office at the first Research Professional Live conference, organised by Ex Libris.
Jo Johnson, who was in post between 2015 and 2018, and again for six weeks during 2019, and David Willetts, who was in office from 2010-2014, revealed their biggest mistakes and achievements during a panel debate at the event, held at the Royal Society on the 5 February.
Jo Johnson listed scrapping maintenance grants for the poorest students among his mistakes, while David Willetts regretted the impact the tuition fee increase had on mature students. Their comments can be read here.
The event was organised by Ex Libris who gathered directors of leading research offices from across the UK for an opportunity to learn about what the future holds for research in the UK for the upcoming decade and to discover what the legal landscape was for universities after Brexit. The event allowed for research directors to hear from former university and science ministers Jo Johnson, Sam Gyimah and David Willetts, and several scholars and academic peers.
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