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Universities and cities: Building stronger communities

Published on November 2, 2017
Maddalaine’s article was commissioned by the British Council for its Going Global publication, Building Nations, Connecting Cultures published in May 2017. Find out more about this publication here. Introduction The concept of the ‘anchor university’ is now well established in the UK. Many universities, particularly those with an explicitly civic mission, recognize themselves as anchor institutions within their town, city, or region. Consequently... Read more »

Robert Halfon MP speech on Degree Apprenticeships

Published on April 23, 2018
  Robert Halfon speaking at the University Alliance event on Degree Apprenticeships Robert Halfon MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee, gave the keynote speech at our Degree Apprenticeship event on Monday 23 April 2018. The text of his speech is below. I’m delighted to be here today to discuss my two favourite words in the English language – degree apprenticeships. I believe that degree apprenticeships are key to fighting both social injus... Read more »

2020 reviewed by our networks

Published on December 17, 2020
This year may have been difficult and immensely challenging at times, but throughout it, Alliance universities have come together to respond to the changing circumstances and strengthened their partnership working with stakeholders; all whilst further demonstrating their vital role and contributions to their local communities and regions. For our ‘Year in review’ series, we have asked colleagues and friends from the UA team and across the Allianc... Read more »

What does research-informed teaching (RIT) look like?

Published on September 20, 2016
Excellent teaching goes hand in hand with excellent research. This blog prepared by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and University Alliance, ahead of its workshop event with senior university practitioners and key higher education stakeholders, explores the latest thinking on research-informed teaching and what it looks like. Diversity is a strength of our higher education sector – and research-informed teaching can vary widely. Promoting exce... Read more »

Spaces that inspire

Published on November 1, 2017
University of Brighton’s new Advanced Engineering Building The scale of capital investment made in the UK higher education estate over the last five years is staggering, with some £2.75bn spent in the 2014/15 financial year alone. This is expected to continue to increase in the immediate future as the sector anticipates the true impact of our leaving the European Union. A significant proportion has been spent on creating new academic space with t... Read more »

Engaging employers

Published on October 30, 2017
Although many Alliance universities only became universities in and after 1992, most grew out of institutions with a longer history. For example, the University of Huddersfield became a university in 1992, but its roots lie in the formation of the Young Men’s Mental Improvement Society in 1841, which, after merging with the Women’s Educational Institution, soon became a Mechanics’ Institute. The Institute sought to provide outstanding education t... Read more »

Harnessing the power of university-sponsored Multi Academy Trust partnerships

Published on August 18, 2021
This blog was written by: Professor Debra Humphris, Chair of University Alliance and Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton; Dr John Smith, Chief Executive of Brighton Academies Trust; Ian Dunn, Provost, Coventry University; and Uly Lyons, Chief Executive of the Better Futures Multi Academy Trust. This article first appeared in HEPI. In a speech to the school sector in April 2021, Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, communica... Read more »

The employer perspective

Published on October 23, 2017
Given the UK’s future prosperity relies on the skills and ingenuity of our people, no industry has a bigger part to play in supporting economic and social growth than our world-leading higher education sector. Yet the environment in which universities operate is changing rapidly. The world of work is undergoing big shifts and, whilst it is hard to predict how access to skilled migrants might change as the UK leaves the European Union, we know tha... Read more »

Closing speech UA Summit 2016: Leading the way in our cities and regions

Published on June 3, 2016
Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of University of West of England (UWE Bristol) and Chair, University Alliance. Closing speech given by Professor Steve West at the UA Summit 2016 at Coventry University on Thursday 2 June 2016 Thank you Maddalaine. And thank you to John and all the team here at Coventry for being such fantastic hosts. Thank you our participants for your engagement and contributions. Today, we’ve heard about the challenges fac... Read more »

Social Mobility, Higher Education and the 21st Century

Published on May 14, 2014
Article originally published on wonkhe. Growing up, I was acutely aware of the importance my family placed on education, despite my parents having left school without qualifications. They told me that education was the way to achieve a better future than they had been able to. The life experiences that I gained during my time of study have had a huge impact on the way I operate as an individual, as a researcher and now as a Vice Chancellor. The c... Read more »