"On the question of mergers . I cannot think of a worse way of doing it - it looks like merger by fax."
- Lord Sutherland on proposals by the Scottish Funding Council to merge Dundee and Abertay universities by the end of October
"Let's be honest about the 50 per cent of kids who don't plan to go to university. We needed to do more in government about these young people."
- Andy Burnham, shadow education secretary, at Labour Party conference in Liverpool.