Policy & Research

At University Alliance, just like our universities, our approach is about putting solutions, innovation and enterprise at the core of everything we do – for the wider public and economic benefit of the UK.

We conduct, promote and disseminate research and analysis into matters related to higher education, including higher education policy, to inform and improve public and political discourse about the value of universities and the public benefit they deliver.

In taking a non-partisan, non-political approach we are able to bring together thought-leaders and experts from across the sector as well as government, industry and other charities to identify solutions that will sustain a world-leading, enterprising and innovative higher education sector.

Design& Creating the Future: Designers, Universities and Research


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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Start-up: a story


Start-up: a story, a joint University Alliance and NACUE project, celebrates the graduates who are turning their business idea into reality. Our toolkit, containing stories, top tips and links to helpful resources, will inspire more student and graduate entrepreneurs to start-up … Continue reading

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UK universities 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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What is your vision for universities?


The university_vision project has been about developing a set of scenarios to help change the narrative around the future of universities. Explore the scenarios The easiest way to find out about our scenarios is to watch our animation below.  You … Continue reading

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Launch of Problem Solved


University Alliance has launched its latest publication, Problem Solved: university research answering today’s challenges. The report brings together a new collection of case studies showcasing the strength and quality of the UK’s diverse research base and its role in responding … Continue reading

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The way we’ll work: labour market trends and preparing for the hourglass

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Our new report, ‘The way we’ll work: labour market trends and preparing for the hourglass,’ which highlights that the shortage of graduates threatens the future growth of the UK economy. Contrary to popular belief, indicators suggest that there is a … Continue reading

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Growing the future: universities leading, changing and creating the regional economy


Our universities are providing more than just a degree; and that they are more than just part of the education system. Universities are critical to the future growth of our economy. ‘Growing the future’, a new publication from University Alliance, illustrates the … Continue reading

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Funding research excellence: research group size, critical mass & performance


University Alliance institutions are proud of the world-leading research that they undertake. They have proved their value through the RAE. The main findings of this research are compelling: that the UK should continue a policy of funding excellence wherever it … Continue reading


More than just a degree: stories of empowered students

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We have news for you: universities have changed and so have the students who study there – and not in the way you might think. We refute notions of lazy students, unresponsive universities and unsatisfied employers and we have the … Continue reading

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Keeping knowledge at the centre of growth

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Universities are not just part of a growth strategy, they are central to it. Joining together our university research with business innovation is key to generating business growth and jobs, as well as strengthening the UK’s global competitive advantage. Alliance … Continue reading

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Efficiency, leadership and partnership: an approach that delivers shared economic priorities

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In the UK’s global, knowledge-based economy, where 80% of new jobs are in high-skill areas and new and growth industries take a high-tech, high-skill and innovative approach, universities are playing a critical role in driving the UK’s economic future. As well as being … Continue reading

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21st Century universities: engines of an innovation-driven economy

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There is a question that is currently being asked across the UK as we face the biggest deficit since the end of World War II. The question was recently summed up by Vince Cable in his Denning Lecture; “can we … Continue reading

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Proposal for a Graduate Contribution Scheme in England


University Alliance proposes the reform of ‘top up fees’ in England to introduce a Graduate Contribution Scheme. These proposals build on the best features of the existing student finance system whilst addressing the need for immediate reform in some areas. The … Continue reading

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The impact of fees: A review of the evidence


A strong case for both public and private investment in higher education Any discussion of funding and student finance should take place within a shared understanding of the nature of universities as both public and private institutions. The question of … Continue reading

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Concentration and diversity: understanding the relationship between excellence, concentration and critical mass in UK research


Selectivity not concentration has driven excellence A policy of selectivity–funding research based on quality – has driven up the quality of UK research since the introduction of the RAE, not concentration. Selectivity has resulted in concentration of research funding where quality … Continue reading

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