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Good news for high-skill graduates in latest labour market figures

Published on June 9, 2015
...reat communication skills. “Alliance universities offer practice-based, industry-focused courses which give our graduates the skills employers want and enable them to hit the ground running in their chosen careers.” Notes The BIS Graduate Labour Market Statistics published today revealed: The employment rate for working age graduates of 87.5% is the highest level seen since the 88.3% recorded in Q4 2007. The unemployment rate of 3.9% for young gra... Read more »

The way we'll work

Published on March 27, 2012
...in the UK, not too many. Technology is changing the way we work and the structure of labour market, resulting in an increased demand for graduate attributes. In light of these projections, the Coalition Government’s decision to cut around 25,000 university places for next year could seriously hold back our capacity for economic growth. The report, The way we’ll work, draws on the large body of evidence on the shape of the labour markets in develo... Read more »

Alliance Awards 2021 winners!

Published on June 23, 2021
...P approach for detecting urinary tract infections (UTIs) to the Covid-19 virus. By the spring of 2020 they had made successful bids to the Welsh Government for resources to determine the sensitivity and specificity of the test, together with a partnership with a local engineering design company to produce a manufacturable point-of-care LAMP device from an earlier prototype. This device has been manufactured in small numbers and demonstrated in the... Read more »

Prime Minister urged to review international student regulations

Published on October 8, 2012
...ore post-study work visas available – a move that is already affecting our share of the market. We would ask the Government to work with the sector on this important issue to explore ways of ensuring the UK remains open to international students. Yours sincerely, Prof. John Vinney, Vice-Chancellor, Bournemouth University Prof. Mark Cleary, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford Phil Smith, Managing Director, Business West Prof. Anthony Chapman, V... Read more »

Do we really have 'too many graduates'?

Published on April 3, 2012
...y and cultural views of education; and the importance of city level labour market trends and the role of universities shaping labour markets, anchoring investment and raising aspiration – particularly in less affluent cities. The evidence shows that we need more graduates. These graduates need to be equipped with attributes that enable them to be adaptable, innovative and productive. Universities have a role to educate, train and provide opportuni... Read more »

New report challenges outdated perspective on ‘good’ universities

Published on May 14, 2014
...and uninformed at worst. The result is a mismatch of aspiration and labour market opportunities. For example, one third of teenagers want to do just ten highly competitive jobs, while the ten least popular jobs pay above median wage and offer good ongoing career opportunities. The report concludes that information, advice and guidance about higher education choices needs to take account of the changes in higher education and the labour market. Lib... Read more »

BBC News: Graduates are earning less but more are in work

Published on June 10, 2015
...ve Maddalaine Ansell has been quoted in coverage by BBC News Online of the latest BIS Graduate Labour Market Statistics which were published yesterday (Tuesday 9 June). Graduates in England have seen a fall in their median salary of more than £1,000 in the past five years, according to official statistics. But more are in work than at any time since 2007, suggests Department for Business, Innovation and Skills data. Maddalaine Ansell, chief execut... Read more »

BBC News: Labour urges technical universities for jobs boost

Published on August 28, 2014
...oday. Prof Steve West, Chair of University Alliance, was quoted in the BBC News coverage of the story. “Access is not just about getting young people into elite universities” and that already there was “positive work that is going on right across the higher education sector”. Meanwhile Times Higher Education highlighted how University Alliance’s HELP proposals – which offer clear thinking and simple steps to enabling universal access to student lo... Read more »

University Alliance responds to CIPD report on graduates in the labour market

Published on August 19, 2015
...high skill areas. The Association of Graduate Recruiters’ (AGR) predicted an 11.9% rise in vacancies this year. If we want businesses to innovate and grow, we need more, not fewer, highly skilled graduates. “Alliance universities are responding by offering practice-based, industry-focused courses which give our graduates the skills employers want.” Notes for editors The CIPD has released a report today – Over-qualification and skills mismatch in t... Read more »

Vince Cable visits Plymouth University to launch the first Regional Growth Fund project

Published on July 22, 2011
...terprise partnership regions. It will do this by awarding grants to small businesses that have struggled to access finance through other means. Vince Cable visit to Plymouth University with Prof Wendy Purcell, Vice Chancellor, and Prof Julian Beer, Director of Research and Innovation, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Regional Enterprise, Research and Innovation) Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “I applaud this initiative of Plymouth University and Western... Read more »