The annual Government letter on the funding settlement to the Higher Education Funding Council for England was released yesterday. It contains an extraordinary statement in paragraph six.
It is a condition of grant that the Council implements the government's policy on such students who are taking "equivalent of lower qualifications".
In other words, you must implement "the most widely-condemned government education policy of the last 10 years" (Sally Hunt) or we won't fund Higher Education at all. I don't know whether this is aggressive, peevish or childish. It is certainly an odd reaction and a pre-emption of the Select Committee report.