Monday. Another intense teaching day. Lunchtime lecture again precludes time for lunch. Not so much of a problem this week. Paper giver in each of the four classes brings a cake. Three of the four are home made (cakes, that is).
Tuesday. Browne report on funding of HE published. I chair a meeting of the Parliamentary University Group addressed by the Minister for Universities, David Willetts. Packed meeting; very high turnout of Vice-Chancellors.
Wednesday. Deputy PM Nick Clegg gives evidence to Constitution Committee on the Government’s constitutional programme. I pursue the relationship between the purpose of change (restore faith in politics) and the particular measures proposed (e.g. fixed-term parliaments). Lord Irvine goes into lawyer mode in questioning the Deputy PM on the issue of the Lords.
Wednesday continued. This evening, first seminar with my students on placement at Westminster. Then catching a late train to Banbury: I’m speaking to US students at Wroxton College in the morning.