John Latham, Chair of University Alliance commented:
“We welcome this timely report and are pleased that so many University Alliance colleagues have contributed to and supported its findings. This project has been a thorough and substantive piece of work and represents a major contribution to the sector, just as events are requiring us to consider and evaluate our purpose and benefit.
The modern universities represented in the University Alliance have always put their civic relationship at the heart of their work. Our engagement with colleges, local employers and community leaders help to inform the vital contribution we make to our areas and our work in shaping the workforce of tomorrow.
At a time of huge economic, political and social change, universities remain vital civic anchors for their communities. I hope that universities of all types and sizes will take on board the recommendations of this group”.