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University Alliance response to cuts in higher education funding

Responding to the announcement on public spending cuts this morning, Professor Andrew Wathey, Deputy-Chair of University Alliance, said:

“Additional cuts are of course unwelcome at this time of uncertainty for higher education, especially before the outcome of Lord Browne’s review is known. However, we recognise efforts to retain some of the badly needed additional student places for next year, and we are clear that HEFCE is best placed to allocate this additional funding carefully.  These are difficult times and while we accept the need to make best use of public funds, we urge government to recognise that investment in universities is vital to future economic and social benefit and to shaping the new economy.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

University Alliance represents 23 major, dynamic, business-like universities at the heart
of the sector that deliver world-leading research with impact and are actively business-focussed.

Through evidence-based policy and research, the Alliance aims to improve policymaking in higher education to the benefit of the UK economy and society. Alliance universities educate 27% of all UK students and achieve some of the highest graduate-level employment rates. These universities offer a research informed, academic learning environment and a culture of entrepreneurialism, equipping graduates for the 21st century.

Alliance universities:

Aberystwyth University, Bournemouth University, University of Bradford, De Montfort University, University of Glamorgan, Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Hertfordshire, University of Huddersfield, University of Lincoln, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, Nottingham Trent University, Open University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Plymouth, University of Portsmouth, University of Salford, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, University of Wales, Newport, University of the West of England.

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