On the appointment of Greg Clark as Minister of State for Universities and Science, Professor Steve West, Chair of University Alliance, said:
“We welcome Greg Clark MP to the important job of Minister of State for Universities and Science. We would also like to thank David Willetts for his outstanding commitment to UK higher education and his collegiate approach to working with experts across the sector.
“This is an exciting time for UK higher education and research. Our place in the world as global leaders in higher education and the role of universities as anchor institutions within their cities and regions will only become more significant through University Enterprise Zones and city deals. Alliance universities are at the heart of the changing higher education, driving the employability, entrepreneurialism and innovation agendas and playing an important role in bringing fresh thinking and solutions to the debate about the future of higher education.
“The coming months will be critical in thinking about the long-term sustainability and global positioning of UK higher education and we look forward to working with Mr Clark and his team.”