Shocked and silent by George Roberts · April 21, 2017 There is more change going on now in higher education than I have seen in many years. A fundamental restructuring of power relationships is being reflected in new organs of governance and finance. The Higher Education and Research Bill and the Office for Students (OFS), which it will bring about sees the end of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and the amalgamation in Wales and Scotland of tertiary education finance into a single system. As I wrote here: I expect England, along with Scotland (already) and Wales (very soon) will have a common, but possibly chaotic regulatory and funding framework for post-compulsory (“tertiary”) education including a plethora of new providers (many private) and new awards including Degree Apprenticeships. But difference, hierarchy and competition will persist and be generated within and between institutions, nations and firms (or syndicates or enterprises). Conceiving of and structuring education as a service to be delivered by providers through a market to be regulated rather than as a right to be guaranteed to all people by and for society may invite questions. Are rights “assumed”, therefore firms may justly take over?