Two new exciting members join the University Alliance

University Alliance today announced that two new members, Birmingham City University and Leeds Beckett University, are joining the mission group.

The two universities’ membership is effective immediately, having been formally ratified by the organisation’s directors at yesterday’s (17 October 2019) members’ meeting. They join the Alliance just as the group launches its renewed vision, mission and strategy.

University Alliance represents 13 large to mid-sized civic universities who are leaders in technical and professional education. Alliance universities are known for their close links with industry, professions and employers, and for their delivery of public sector workforce skills and training.


Chair of University Alliance and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, Professor Debra Humphris said:

“We are delighted to welcome two great civic universities to the Alliance. With their historical roots in providing technical and arts educations across two of the UK’s largest cities, both Leeds Beckett and Birmingham City Universities typify the strengths and values of an Alliance University.

“Alliance Universities work collectively to enhance the education of the workforce of tomorrow and, alongside industry partners, to find solutions to future challenges. I look forward to working closely with our two new members towards these goals.”


Vanessa Wilson, University Alliance CEO said:

“I am thrilled to formally welcome Leeds Beckett and Birmingham City Universities to our Alliance. I am pleased that our work to champion the vital impact of technical and professional universities on individuals, communities and the economy is attracting those who understand and share this vision.

As we embark upon an exciting future for the Alliance, I look forward to working with these two excellent universities that so proudly embody the values and priorities of our mission.”


Professor Philip Plowden, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University said:

“Birmingham City University is delighted to join University Alliance. We are proud of our 175 years as an institution committed to the advancement and application of knowledge for the benefit of our communities.

“Joining the Alliance is an opportunity for us to work with other prominent universities of similar character, all sharing the aspiration to transform the lives of our students and to contribute to the success of our communities.”


Professor Peter Slee, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Beckett University said:

“Higher education continues to play a vital role in shaping the success of the UK economy in increasingly uncertain times. I am delighted that Leeds Beckett University has today joined the University Alliance, where we will work alongside colleagues who share our passion for forging an entrepreneurial, diverse and highly-skilled workforce.

“As an anchor institution for the Leeds City Region, our university’s partnership with the Alliance will be of great benefit to Yorkshire and beyond, strengthening our links with business, creative industries and other public sector institutions.”


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