The Guardian homeBy Nick Petford. The sector has seen steady growth for centuries. But in the changing climate, Nick Petford asks, how long will it last? March saw the publication of Michael Barber's Avalanche report on the future of UK universities. Unusually for a sector where levels of public interest in thought pieces on its future are marginal at best, the Metro covered the story, claiming that even "red brick institutions" were under threat if they failed to find a niche in the new world order. The Telegraph's headline was even more direct: adapt or die. Read more...