News & Media

We seek to inform and improve public and political debate relating to higher education through taking a constructive and solutions-orientated approach. As well as promoting the public benefits delivered by universities, on behalf of our members, we also take a rigorous approach to safeguarding and sustaining the current health and long-term sustainability of the higher education sector.

Contacts for press enquiries and interviews are below. Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, is available for and experienced in broadcast and radio interviews. We can also arrange interviews with our Chair, Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England, other Alliance university Vice-Chancellors or experts from within our institutions.

Contacts

Sam Jones, Head of Communications and Public Affairs
07767 673 982

Andrew Henry, Communications Manager
07833 236 629

or email

press@unialliance.ac.uk

We Could Learn From Australian Funding System

Times Higher Education

Higher education policymakers in the UK should pay much closer attention to Australia’s funding system, which is “often ahead” of England’s, Libby Hackett and Nick Hillman argue today. This is to launch a joint University Alliance and HEPI report, ‘HELP … Continue reading

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HELP from Down Under?

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As the Australian Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, touches down in the UK on a fact-finding trip, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) publishes two new comparisons of the English and Australian higher education systems. Nick Hillman, Director of HEPI, said: … Continue reading

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FT – Bring post-student work visas back

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  Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, features in the Financial Times in a letter calling for a return to post-student work visas. Sir, You are right to identify that UK universities benefit from being able to tap into … Continue reading

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Times – Big picture, small print in student loan jungle

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In a letter to the Times, Libby Hackett argues that we need some clear and simple steps to improve student loans. Sir, Fees of £6,000 may end up as a credible position but it is deeply worrying that Labour sees … Continue reading

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Guardian – Almost a quarter of postgrad students at English universities are Chinese

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The Guardian report that figures from the Higher Education Funding Council for England show falling numbers of international students in the UK. In response Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance said, “this is further evidence that we are losing … Continue reading

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University Alliance calls to reintroduce two year post-study work visas

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In response to HEFCE’s analysis of international student entrants, Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance said: “This is further evidence that we are losing international students to other nations due to the UK’s restrictive policy on post-study work visas. Some … Continue reading

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Design Week – Report calls for a ‘revolution’ in design education

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Design & Creating the Future, a report from University Alliance, features in Design Week. A new report out today is calling for a ‘revolution’ in design education while making a strong economic case to Government for backing design-led research. In … Continue reading

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New report calls for an increase in support for design-led research

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University Alliance, in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office, has today published a new report ‘Design&: Creating the Future’ which is calling for an increase in support for design-led research. The future growth, wealth and health of our economy will … Continue reading

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University Alliance comment on release of HESA HE Business and Community Interaction data

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Latest data demonstrates University Alliance’s leading position in supporting successful graduate start-ups. Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance said: “The latest HE-BCI survey data out today, clearly demonstrates the leading position of Alliance universities in supporting graduate start-ups. “As … Continue reading

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Our response to PAC Report on Student Loan Repayments

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In response to the PAC Report on Student Loan Repayments, Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance said: “The big issue that this report highlights is that unless we achieve a more sustainable funding platform that can support a much … Continue reading

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