Warning such behaviour would not go unchecked by the OfS, Lord Wharton branded the move ‘ridiculous’.
The OfS, a non-departmental body of the Department for Education, was launched in February and Lord Wharton was appointed chair by Gavin Williamson (pictured)
The OfS, a non-departmental body of the Department for Education, was launched in February and Lord Wharton was appointed chair by Gavin Williamson.
It sparked accusations of cronyism because Lord Wharton, 38, had spearheaded Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign in 2019, when he was an MP.
At the time Labour’s shadow education secretary Kate Green said: ‘It seems to me that Baron Wharton has none of the statutory qualifications for this post, and both the higher education sector and the wider public will be deeply concerned that this is simply another example of cronyism, which undermines trust in public life at a time when it is needed most.’
Lord Wharton told the education select committee he recognised the ‘crucial importance’ of the universities’ watchdog being independent and added he would ‘uphold that’.
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