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New student loan design would enable universal access for first time

Published on June 26, 2014
A new report sets out clear thinking and simple steps to enabling universal access to student loans for the first time while bringing down the massive cost of the current loans system. Summary report here Full report here Background evidence report here University Alliance, representing 22 leading global universities for science, technology, design and the professions, is today publishing a new report, H.E.L.P. UK, A new higher education loan pro... Read more »

Prime Minister urged to review international student regulations

Published on October 8, 2012
Vice-Chancellors from 22 Alliance universities, and corresponding local chambers of commerce from across the UK, have written to the Prime Minister to urge a review of international student regulations that are threatening to impede economic growth. Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said: “Counting international students separately within net migration figures was an important and positive move. Taking legitimate internationa... Read more »

RAE Press Release: University Alliance

Published on December 9, 2008
The 24 University Alliance members welcome the release of the RAE results. The results show very strong and widespread excellence in research across the Alliance, and particularly demonstrate the success of selective investment in a wide range of research activities. The University Alliance includes pre 1992 universities with significant strengths across a range of units of assessment, specialist institutions that are research leaders in their ow... Read more »

University Alliance and Creative UK publish letter about the importance of creative courses in HE

Published on December 13, 2021
(Originally published in The Telegraph on 13/12/21) Together with Creative UK, University Alliance published a letter in the Telegraph, urging government to enact a fair value assessment of creative courses in Higher Education, before making any funding decisions. The letter was signed by over 90 people, significant individuals from the worlds of music, government, business, education and more. See the full letter and list of signatories below: A... Read more »

New report shows ‘size doesn’t matter’ when it comes to research excellence

Published on July 12, 2011
University Alliance today publishes a new report that shows when it comes to research excellence, size doesn’t matter. Funding research excellence, conclusively demonstrates that the Government should not bow to pressure to fund research on the basis of scale; there is no evidence to support the claim that this would produce better research. On the contrary, the evidence points to quality being a driver of scale and not vice versa. The main findi... Read more »

New report finds collaboration and connectivity key to securing the future of UK research and innovation

Published on March 12, 2015
Collaboration and connectivity must be top priorities for universities and funders if the UK is to continue to lead the world in research and innovation, a new report from University Alliance concludes. Britain’s research and innovation ecosystem is a national success story. But increased global competition means that for it to continue to flourish it will need greater collaboration and more effective connections with different partners – within ... Read more »

University Alliance campaign about value of going to university

Published on May 12, 2011
  University Alliance today launches its campaign about the value of going to university. David Willetts has joined students and university leaders to launch a national campaign about the value of going to university. Following the launch of the Government’s own public information campaign to explain the new student finance package, University Alliance, a group of leading business-engaged universities, is launching More than a degree: stories fro... Read more »

UA Speech: The future of Higher Education

Published on March 29, 2017
Speech by Maddalaine Ansell, University Alliance Chief Executive, responding to Lord Willetts Part of the 2017 Speaker’s Lecture Series hosted at Speaker’s House, Palace of Westminster Higher Education is a highly emotive subject. We saw that in the number of peers who spoke in the recent debates about the Higher Education and Research Bill – and the extent to which their interventions were based as much in values and emotions as in evidence. Thi... Read more »

Group calls for urgent clarity over UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Published on November 17, 2020
UA, along with 70 national and local organisations from across the country including the CBI, are urging the Government to provide immediate clarity on how it intends to deliver the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). In a letter to the Government, coordinated and led by UA, the group of 70 universities and businesses call for greater transparency and clarity on the UKSPF, the Government’s proposed successor to current EU Structural Funds, so as t... Read more »

New chair of University Alliance to be Professor Steve West

Published on December 20, 2011
University Alliance has elected Professor Steve West, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of England, Bristol, as their new Chair. Professor West will take up the three-year position in August 2012, succeeding current chair Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, who has been chair since 2009. Professor Janet Beer, Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University and chair of University Alliance said: “I am delighted that ... Read more »