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University Alliance shocked at David Willetts’ outdated and elitist comments

Published on March 14, 2011
Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance, in response to David Willetts’ comments on the Sutton Trust research – “We were shocked to see David Willetts’ outdated and elitist comments on the weekend and his plan to email thousands of ‘missing’ state school pupils who do not apply to a small number of elite universities. “These students are not missing. Well-informed students apply to outstanding courses that are going to offer them the right o... Read more »

High quality teaching is vital for student success

Published on June 29, 2015
University Alliance welcomes this HEFCE consultation into the quality assurance of the higher education sector. The aims outlined by Dame Shirley Pearce CBE are exactly right. We need a system that puts the needs of the student at the centre, pays greater attention to outcomes than process, is risk-based rather than formulaic and which reduces the administrative burden on institutions. Maddalaine Ansell, chief executive of University Alliance – B... Read more »

HEPI: The challenge of making TEF-lite work

Published on July 30, 2015
The Higher Education Policy Institute has published a write up of our event ‘Building the Teaching Excellence Framework‘ on their website. “The University Alliance hosted a stimulating event to discuss the threats and opportunities of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) earlier today. Not only were there platform speeches from senior people from HEFCE, BIS, Coventry University and the University of South Wales, there was even an interview wit... Read more »

Wonkhe: Finding new ways to measure graduate success

Published on July 27, 2015
University Alliance’s Treasurer and Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham Trent University, Professor Edward Peck, recently wrote a blog for Wonkhe focusing on the need to find new ways to measure graduate success. These issues were explored at a University Alliance roundtable that Professor Peck chaired in July which brought together colleagues from the civil service, employers, the HE sector with league table compilers. “We acknowledged that the emergi... Read more »

THE: How might a teaching excellence framework be built?

Published on July 23, 2015
An extensive look at how the proposed TEF might work by Dame Julia King in Times Higher Education. The piece features substantial comments from Quintar McKellar, VC of University of Hertsfordshire and Chris Rust, professor of higher education at Oxford Brookes University – two University Alliance member institutions. It also adds on “What of the government’s plans to link TEF results to the future level of tuition fees? The move has been welcomed... Read more »

Mind the gap – engaging employers to secure the future of STEM in higher education

Published on July 23, 2015
Date: 13 October 2015 Time: 4.30-6.30pm Venue: Strangers’ Dining Room, House of Commons, London University Alliance with University of Lincoln invites you to a parliamentary reception hosted by Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary University Group. We will be launching a major new research report exploring the emergence of employer-led STEM faculties in UK higher education. The research is part of the HEFCE-funded Ca... Read more »

Alliance universities committed to the success of Government’s Productivity Plan

Published on July 10, 2015
University Alliance welcomes the Government’s Productivity Plan, unveiled by the Business Secretary Sajid Javid today. Maddalaine Ansell, chief executive of University Alliance – Britain’s universities for cities and regions – said: “We welcome the Government’s Productivity Plan which recognises the important role universities play in securing the UK’s future success. Alliance universities have a long history of making the difference to our citie... Read more »

Daily Mail: Top universities allowed to hike fees above £9,000: Institutions will be allowed to increase cost if they can prove they offer high-quality teaching

Published on July 10, 2015
University Alliance’s Chief Executive Maddalaine Ansell has featured in a story by the Daily Mail into the Budget measures announced by George Osborne earlier this week. The Chancellor of the Exchequer confirmed a number of announcements for higher education, including the news that tuition fees will be allowed to rise above £9000 at universities which offer high-quality teaching. Maddalaine Ansell, of University Alliance, a coalition of newer in... Read more »

BBC News Online: Budget 2015: Student maintenance grants scrapped

Published on July 9, 2015
BBC News Online’s coverage of the Budget’s announcement that student maintenance grants would be replaced by loans included our response to the Chancellor of the Exchequer‘s measures. Responding to the tuition fee changes, Maddalaine Ansell, chief executive of University Alliance, said: “Linking tuition fees to inflation is essential if our universities are to offer world class teaching. “It is reasonable to link the increase to teaching excellen... Read more »

THE: Budget 2015: fees can rise for universities with ‘high-quality teaching’

Published on July 9, 2015
Our response to the Chancellor’s Budget announcements for Higher Education was picked up in Times Higher Education‘s coverage. Mr Osborne announced that universities with “high-quality teaching” will be allowed to raise tuition fees in line with inflation from 2017-18. The chancellor also confirmed in the Budget that student maintenance grants will be scrapped and switched to loans from 2016-17 onwards for new students. Meanwhile the Government w... Read more »