Universities Should Break Free From The State: IEA Book

Trends in education now point firmly towards a private future for British universities, says Professor James Tooley of the University of Newcastle who edits a collection of articles on the universities in a new book from the Institute of Economic Affairs, published to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the founding of the University of Buckingham in October 1976*. The intellectual basis for the establishment of Britain's only university which is independent of the state was laid by an paper in 1969 - Professor Harry Ferns' 'Towards an Independent University'.

Tooley points out that, though all British universities are private institutions and at present only 41 per cent of their income comes from direct government grants, they have allowed themselves to fall increasingly under government control. But he sees several reasons