How Margaret Thatcher transformed universities

Margaret Thatcher’s legacy to universities was revolutionary. Her legacy to schools, though, was mixed. And it was as prime minister rather than in her earlier role as secretary of state for education and science (1970-74) that she exercised her greatest influence, writes Terence Kealey for The Telegraph.

Margaret Thatcher’s views on education were driven in large part by her personal experiences as a student; she was, in the main, satisfied with the school education she received in Grantham, but she was dissatisfied with some aspects of Oxford. In particular she felt that universities were complacent because they were over-protected from the market. She therefore introduced them to greater accountability and to market forces.
Full report on The Telegraph site