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THE: article on policy advisers in Alliance universities

University Alliance forms group for policy experts assisting vice-chancellors. Hannah Fearn reports

They are often accused of playing politics, but now vice-chancellors are behaving more like MPs than ever, employing policy experts to advise them on their every move.

In a departure from the traditional model of senior management in higher education, university heads are increasingly turning to policy advisers to assist in the day-to-day running of their institutions.

So many vice-chancellors have appointed such advisers that the University Alliance, a group of pre- and post-1992 universities, is setting up a policy advisers group, providing a network for the growing numbers employed in the role.

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