Mr Willetts’ decision to recommend to the Privy Council that they be allowed to call themselves universities follows an announcement in June that the minimum criteria for a university of 4,000 students should be reduced to 1,000.
“It is right to remove the barriers preventing high quality education providers like these calling themselves universities because of their size.
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Incidentally, in the phrase "the minimum criteria for a university of 4,000 students should be reduced to 1,000", the word "criteria" is wrong, as it is the plural. The singular "criterion" should have been used.
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