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Briefing on what Alliance universities are doing to help economic recovery and shaping the new economy

Published on December 8, 2009
Suggestions for Opposition Day debate on the future of higher education 1 December 2009 What Alliance universities are doing to help graduates to find employment in a recession Developing graduate skills and entrepreneurialism Graduates enter the job market with world-class employability skills. Example: WOW (World of Work) at Liverpool John Moores University Example: The University of Huddersfield’s Business Mine is an on- campus facility that p... Read more »

Delivering excellence across the UK

Published on June 7, 2013
The future success of economic growth in the UK will be based on the talent and innovation of people from across the country. Universities are the engines to build this capacity and drive innovation and create new industries in all our regions. We need a broad base of high performing universities to support this activity. The key strengths of UK universities are quality, excellence and choice, with a diverse range of outstanding universities that... Read more »

Delivering excellence across the UK

Published on June 7, 2013
The future success of economic growth in the UK will be based on the talent and innovation of people from across the country. Universities are the engines to build this capacity and drive innovation and create new industries in all our regions. We need a broad base of high performing universities to support this activity. The key strengths of UK universities are quality, excellence and choice, with a diverse range of outstanding universities that... Read more »

Closing the Gap: unlocking opportunity through higher education

Published on May 14, 2014
Image by Darren Harmon University Alliance believe that the social mobility debate in the UK needs a new focus. Higher education is a critical engine of social mobility. The added value delivered by universities, such as Alliance universities, which accept students from a diverse range of backgrounds and achieve some of the highest graduate employment rates, is a great success story. Through transforming the lives of the many, not the few, these ... Read more »

What Do We Mean By Social Mobility?

Published on March 14, 2014
  Social mobility, higher education and the 21st Century There is a strongly held narrative in the press and public discourse that social mobility and higher education (HE) is solely about getting a small number of students from non-traditional backgrounds into a very small number of elite institutions but this narrative is misguided.   Why this policy is misguided Policy that concentrates in this area will only ever have a limited impact on wide... Read more »

Budget 2012: harnessing universities to help build a stronger economy for the future

Published on March 8, 2012
Our Budget representation puts forward five proposals ahead of the 2012 Budget. The proposals are focussed on how Government can best work with universities to lever a wealth of knowledge and resources that are essential within an innovation-based economy and competitive global environment. Our five proposals are below. The full supporting evidence backing these up can be found here. The right talent to build a stronger economy Proposal one Curre... Read more »

Submission to the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance – Second call for evidence

Published on April 8, 2010
Headline responses Review questions In light of short term pressures and longer term trends, how do your proposals for reform ensure the sustainability of the higher education system as a whole? In our other submissions to the second call for evidence, we have outlined some of the key features that should be maintained in order to achieve a stable, sustainable HE system within a regulated market that has appropriate drivers of efficiency and chan... Read more »

Job Ready: universities, employers and students creating success

Published on July 8, 2014
Download the report Our latest report, Job Ready: Universities, employers and students creating success, is based on in-depth interviews with small and large employers, including British Airways, IBM, Marks and Spencer and Bank of America, showing employers are putting graduates at the heart of their strategies to innovate and grow. Download the report here. The report is based on extensive and in-depth interviews with over 50 employers around th... Read more »

Public believes HE will be important to UK’s recovery from Covid

Published on June 10, 2020
A new survey conducted by Public First for University Alliance has found the public thinks Higher Education will be important to the UK’s recovery from Covid, and universities are playing a key role supporting the NHS during this crisis. The survey was conducted as part of UA’s strategic planning to the recovery response, more information here The poll found that more than 7 in 10 people think that universities are going to play an important role... Read more »

University Alliance submission to OFS quality and standards consultation

Published on January 26, 2021
UA response to OfS quality proposals University Alliance has submitted evidence to the OfS consultation on regulating equality and standards in higher education. In principle we are supportive of moves to improve quality and standards in higher education in England. However, our members have significant concerns about a number of proposals in the consultation. Whilst we are justifiably proud of our student outcomes, and do not object to OfS makin... Read more »