- Research. His words were "I fully recognise that we have to set out the Government's thinking on research and innovation". He later clarified in response to a question that this would include a statement about Research degree Awarding Powers
- Arts and Humanities. Not so much a policy objective here as a desire to communicate to the Arts and Humanities community how much the Government loves it.
- Keeping a close eye on any developing PG issue, as students start to graduate under the new financial arrangements.
It was also interesting to hear Rajay Naik speak on behalf of the OU (where he is now Director of Government Relations). He gave an impassioned plea for Government to amend its approach to student support in order to fit more easily into the OU's current delivery model. As I've already come to the view that the OU has decided to preserve its existing business model rather than seize the opportunities of the new system, I was obviously pleased to hear this. I didn't hear anything in what David Willetts said that led me to think the OU will be able to achieve the changes to student support Rajay was asking for, but of course that isn't my expertise.