Re-balancing Investment

Public and private investment for a sustainable yet responsive sector

Investing public funding in higher education is just that, an investment. UK universities are generators of economic growth. The Government shares many of the economic and social priorities of universities including: equipping a highly-skilled workforce; driving innovation through partnership with business and world-leading research; providing entrepreneurial leadership in areas such as regeneration and sustainability; and fostering social mobility and inclusion. The question is how to achieve these shared priorities and how to maintain the UK’s position as a high-quality, leading university sector in a climate that doesn’t allow for a significant increase in investment in higher education.

It is clear that in order to fully realise the benefits of our higher education sector, we must ensure a funding model that supports a diverse and flexible sector. This will allow universities and higher education institutions to contribute according to their distinctive strengths and focus.

Items tagged with: Re-balancing Investment

News Releases: We need a bold and long-term vision for our universities

March 14, 2013

Long-term vision

University Alliance have responded to today’s HEFCE Impact Report of the 2012 reforms. Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said: “The 2012 reforms were an important step in terms of securing the immediate future of our universities at a … Continue reading

In the News: THE – ‘Heif concentration provokes mission group ire’

September 20, 2012

Times Higher Education

In Times Higher Education, Libby Hackett comments on plans to allocate one-off Heif funding to 12 institutions. The extra £500,000 each to the 12 institutions judged to be the best performers using a formula based on the income each derived … Continue reading

Blog: Farewell from Professor Janet Beer

July 23, 2012


By September, I will have served my term of office as Chair of University Alliance and it will be time to hand over to Steve West at the University of the West of England. The last three years have been … Continue reading

Blog: It’s time to take our heads out of the sand

May 17, 2012


Higher education is going through massive change at the moment, as is the country. So much focus is on dealing with the here and now, which is obviously critical, but there is not enough thinking about what the future is going … Continue reading

Blog: Knowledge exchange remains crucial for growth

May 8, 2012


Set against a backdrop of a global recession and an uncertain future political and economic landscape, UK higher education’s role in knowledge exchange remains a critical part of the innovation ecosystem, on which lies many policymakers’ hopes for future long-term … Continue reading

Featured: University Alliance welcomes the Government’s Innovation and Research Strategy

December 8, 2011


Responding to the launch of Government’s Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth Libby Hackett, Director of University Alliance, said: “The Government’s commitment to research funding following excellence wherever it exists will safeguard the UK research base and is indeed welcome. … Continue reading

News & Media: Soaring youth unemployment, no long-term jobs strategy – time for some joined-up thinking Chancellor

November 28, 2011

With the latest UCAS figures released today, University Alliance Director, Libby Hackett, is calling for the debate not to lose sight of the bigger issues at stake. Writing on our blog she said: “The Chancellor faces a huge challenge in tomorrow’s … Continue reading

Blog: Tough times call for joined-up thinking

November 28, 2011


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

In the News: All better now? Actually Hefce, we feel much worse

October 27, 2011


Effort to mitigate AAB and core-and-margin effects spells trouble for post-92s. Simon Baker reports – read the full article here. Libby Hackett, director of the University Alliance group of institutions, said: “The presumption that these universities can take the hit is … Continue reading

Consultation Response: Higher Education: consultation on potential early repayment mechanisms for student loans

September 22, 2011


University Alliance response to the Hefce consultation Higher Education: consultation on potential early repayment mechanisms for student loans. Download the University Alliance response here.