There is only so much uncertainty universities can take | Alistair Jarvis

An extended period of political and financial unpredictability risks eroding our positive impact. What we need is stability

At a time of deep economic and political uncertainty, it comes as no surprise that some university leaders are worried about the future. According to research by the Guardian and HSBC, 63% feel more pessimistic than they did a year ago. But despite the unpredictability ahead, we can continue to be confident in the resilience and adaptability of our universities – provided they get the right support.

Changes to government policy and funding arrangements have become the biggest concerns for university leaders. That’s why it’s important that, in making decisions about future policy, the government is guided by the strong public interest in ensuring universities’ long-term sustainability, not by immediate political concerns.

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