News & AnalysisNewsmaker Interview: Leszek Borysiewicz

Cambridge Seeks Global Reach, Says University Head

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Science  26 Aug 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6046, pp. 1080-1081
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6046.1080

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Just after Leszek Borysiewicz joined the University of Cambridge as vice-chancellor, the ancient university's top administrative position, the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition government announced unexpectedly that a cap on annual student tuition fees would rise from £3000 to £9000 (about $15,000) per annum. At the same time, most public support for university teaching was withdrawn in England. The change has rocked the U.K. university system and even prompted student riots, but is now being swiftly implemented—alongside a freeze in research funding. The vice-chancellor sat down with Science for a frank discussion of the future of Cambridge and other U.K. universities.

  • * Colin Macilwain is a writer in Edinburgh, U.K.