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UK: Willetts resigns as Minister for Universities

After four years serving as minister for universities and science, David Willetts has resigned as part of a major government reshuffle. He is being replaced by Greg Clark, who takes on the Science and Universities brief in addition to his role as Minister in charge of cities and constitution at the Cabinet Office.

Willetts signals new UK HE regulation for all

A new regulatory policy "is coming" that will pave the way for parity of policy between UK HE institutions and Alternative Providers (APs) from the private sector. Universities Minister David Willetts addressed Study UK members this week, whose members represent the "voice of independent education". He also spoke about student number controls at APs.

UK: Net migration drops; separate student stats in August

The UK's Office of National Statistics will separate student immigration figures from net migration figures in its presentation of results from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) in August 2013. The news comes after net migration to the UK was reported to be down by a quarter to March 2012, with foreign students the main reason for this.

UK Minister backs UK universities in Iraq

On March 7, the outgoing Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Higher Education announced a reduction in the number of recognised "excellent" universities in the UK, for scholarship students. Since then, many UK universities have been pushing for re-recognition, and a UK Minister has backed them.

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