From The Express
Mrs May wants to remove the charters from the UK’s research councils which pumps £3billion a year into university laboratories to fund the search for scientific breakthroughs .
The royal charters give scientists independence from the Government and freedom to carry the research of their choice.
But they fear that freedom could be lost and they might become subject to political interference if their charters are axed.
The changes are being masterminded by Universities minister Jo Johnson, brother of Foreign Secretary Boris, as part of a shake-up of higher education.
He wants to see seven bodies – including the Medical Research Council, Economic and Social Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council –combined to form UK Research and Innovation.
Opponents warn 50 universities governed by royal charters will have them overridden by a new Office for Students which would mean ministers could tell universities what courses to teach.