Dame Julia Goodfellow, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kent, said: “Moving higher education and skills in to the Department for Education provides benefits in terms of making the valuable link between schools, universities and skills. We will, however, need to know how science and research links within this new structure. Teaching, research and local partnerships are core to what universities do, so it is important that this is recognised in the structure of departments.
“Our higher education sector is also one of the UK's most successful sectors internationally, generating over £10bn of export earnings for the UK. It is vital that, across all government departments, higher education exports, increasing international partnerships and attracting qualified international students and staff, are top priorities.”