Comments on the announcements by the Business Secretary

Commenting on the announcements by the Business Secretary today, Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance said:

“This is a welcome announcement from Government. An effectively implemented Graduate Contribution Scheme would address two fundamental weaknesses of the current system – reducing the cost to Government, freeing up money to invest in a higher number of students and replacing a complicated and poorly understood system that ensures that those even on the lowest incomes are able to study for a degree.

“We welcome the recognition that universities are best placed to identify efficiencies and think innovatively about how to respond to the difficult economic times.”


Notes to Editors

The University Alliance proposal for a Graduate Contribution Scheme is available to download here.

A further paper has been published called ‘Efficiency, Leadership and Partnership: an approach that delivers shared economic priorities’ and can be downloaded from the above link.

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.

For further information, please contact: Tim Field, University Alliance on 0203 178 7491 or email

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