Author Archives: Libby Hackett

A message of hope from the Government to end 2013

2013 was set to be defined as a year of tightening belts, efficiencies and tougher market pressures as austerity started to pinch; and then came the Autumn Statement. An historic announcement that this Government was going to remove any limits … Continue reading

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uni_funding: a vision for higher education funding

We need to rethink how we fund higher education The world is changing fast: how we work; create, share and receive knowledge; deliver value; and connect to people around the world. Our higher education system and the way we fund … Continue reading

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Growing global graduates

Graduate careers are under the spotlight like never before. Students recognise the value of higher education in improving their employability. Students want to ensure their degree and time at university will help set them up for a rewarding and fulfilling … Continue reading

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A time to pause and reflect

A year ending is always a good opportunity to pause and reflect. For University Alliance 2012 has been our busiest and most active year yet, helping our universities to steer their way through a changing landscape and supporting their ambitions … Continue reading

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Cabinet reshuffle: continuity at a time of great change

Writing in the Guardian Higher Education Network blog, Libby Hackett writes about the welcome news that David Willetts is to stay on as university minister.  A cabinet reshuffle can always be counted on to provide drama, tension and intrigue, and David Cameron’s reshuffle of … Continue reading

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We need more graduates if we’re really serious about growth

The belief that there are too many graduates in the UK persists in the minds of many. It is a popular perception that higher education has expanded too quickly and too far but is there any truth to this claim? … Continue reading

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Open Doors: universities open for business?

Today we are launching Open Doors, a campaign to encourage more businesses to experience the benefits of collaborating with their local university. As part of this we have launched a new interactive map making it easier of businesses to find … Continue reading

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What does 2012 hold for HE policy?

Despite turbulent economic times in 2012, there is a bigger global picture that will have a greater impact on the future of higher education: the rapid acceleration of new technology, innovation, design and new knowledge. The rapid acceleration of new … Continue reading

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Tough times call for joined-up thinking

The Chancellor faces a huge challenge in tomorrow’s Autumn Statement. One of the critical areas he will need to address is the short-term crisis of soaring youth unemployment whilst at the same time setting out the long-term strategy to keep … Continue reading

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New thinking about the future of HE

I was pleased to attend the launch of Pearson’s Blue Skies: new thinking about the future of higher education this morning. The publication has brought together a diverse range of viewpoints about what the future should hold for HE and … Continue reading

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