Responding to the government’s Higher Education White Paper, University Alliance Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell said:
“We are pleased that the White Paper reflects many of the points made by the sector during the consultation period.
“In particular, it is sensible to implement the Teaching Excellence Framework steadily and over time and to keep checking that it is flexible enough to recognise the strength and diversity of the higher education sector. It must offer the right incentives for universities to strive to offer excellent teaching and to achieve positive outcomes for all students.
“We are delighted by the decision to protect the dual support system for research through legislation. The dual support system is the best way to ensure UK research remains dynamic and globally competitive.
“The recognition that Innovate UK should be a business-facing organisation with its own protected budget, but integrated within UK Research and Innovation, is also very welcome.”
The White Paper, Higher education: success as a knowledge economy, can be found here.