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Sir David Bell in the media

Sir David is a regular contributor to the media on issues in education, particularly higher education, as well as the workings of government. His analysis of education issues has featured in all the UK's broadsheet newspapers and he has appeared on major UK broadcast news channels, as well as discussion programmes such as BBC Radio 4's Any Questions.

Recent media appearances

The Times - 8 April 2013

(NB The Times online requires a subscription)

Sir David Bell speaks to The Times' Education Editor Greg Hurst about ensuring that the fundamental integrity of a degree discipline is not undermined by treating it as merely a preparation for the next stage of life.

Times Higher Education - 27 February 2013

Sir David Bell talks exclusively to the UK's higher education specialist publication in a 30 minute podcast about the University's involvement in Futurelearn, the UK platform for MOOCs, the University's development of a campus in Malaysia and the Government's "narrow and naive" focus on applications to Russell Group universities as a measure of school success. The Times Higher also focus on Sir David's comments on the Government policy in an article for the magazine.

Times Higher Education - 24 January 2013

Sir David Bell talked to the UK's higher education specialist publication, Times Higher Education, about his first year as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Reading.

Malaysia Star - 18 November 2012

Sir David Bell visited Malaysia and Singapore ahead of the construction of University of Reading Malaysia's campus in southern Malaysia. During the trip the Vice-Chancellor was interviewed by The Malaysia Star, the Malaysian national newspaper, on the University's ambitions in the region.

The Times - 27 September 2012

(NB The Times online requires a subscription)

Sir David wrote a comment piece for The Times on the new Key Information Sets for higher education. He outlined the benefits of providing access to the best information to ensure students are able to make the most informed decision..

Times Higher Education - 23 August 2012

Following the departure of Adrian Smith from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), Sir David Bell wrote an opinion piece for Times Higher Education on the qualities that his replacement will need. 

BBC Radio 4 Any Questions - 17 August 2012

Sir David joined the panel for the BBC's prestigious current affairs programme, Any Questions, to discuss the issues of the week, including asylum, rail fares and exam standards.

Times Higher Education - 16 August 2012

Sir David Bell wrote a comment article for Times Higher Education on the future of A Levels in the UK.

The Independent - 21 June 2012

Sir David Bell was interviewed by the Independent's Education Editor, Richard Garner, on his career to date and his plans for the University of Reading.

Times Education Supplement (TES) - 15 June 2012

Sir David Bell was interviewed by TES, the UK's specialist education publication, on the relationship between the teaching profession and Government.

Public Finance - 1 June 2012

Sir David wrote for Public Finance, the official publication of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, on the impact of increased competition in the higher education market. 


The Sunday Telegraph - 13 May 2012

Sir David Bell talked to the Sunday Telegraph on why he believes differential offers in the admissions process is the wrong policy for universities.

Public Finance magazine - 3 March 2012

A profile of Sir David Bell in Public Finance Magazine, the official publication of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Times Higher Education - 9 February 2012

Times Higher Education profile Sir David's career and his plans for the University of Reading.

The Guardian - 9 February 2012

Peter Wilby profiled Sir David's career in this major Guardian interview.

The Times - 3 February 2012

(NB The Sunday Times online requires a subscription)

Sir David Bell was interviewed by The Times. Among other things, he explained why allowing private organisations to offer degrees would be good for the higher education sector.

The Guardian - 1 February 2012

Sir David explained to The Guardian why he thinks a move to profit-making state schools is not immediate but is likely to happen.

Times Higher Education - 17 October 2012

Reading names senior civil servant as new Vice-Chancellor.

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