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Opening remarks to UA Summit 2015: Anticipation. Disruption. Excellence

Published on June 5, 2015
...ay. There is a powerful strand in our DNA that runs through the University today, and it runs through the Alliance itself. That golden thread is a strong bond with employers, a sense that university is not only about broadening horizons and unlocking talent, but that it also provides very real and tangible contribution to the industry and prosperity of a nation. This is not just a story from history. It is a compelling case for the value of the Un... Read more »

Kingston University’s Big Read

Published on September 29, 2015
...n universities to measure impact, the evidence-based approach Kingston is taking to this initiative can only be seen as a positive. Read more about the KU Big Read here.... Read more »

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

Published on June 3, 2016
...tre. Old notions of a ‘job for life’ are becoming a thing of the past. The World Economic Forum has predicted that over 7 million jobs will become obsolete – and that’s just in the next half decade. For Britain to compete globally, we need more job-ready graduates with the transferrable skills, agility and resilience to thrive in an era of unprecedented technological change. An ability to work across borders and alongside those from other cultures... Read more »

Six degrees of separation

Published on November 23, 2012
...niversity in England. “I want BU to prepare our graduates not just for the world of today, but for the world of tomorrow.” But it is also about changing the way we work and our attitude to connectivity. Some of the solutions have been quite simple but surprisingly powerful. The BU research blog for example has provided a central focal point for research at BU, and it recently won a gold HEIST award for best internal communications campaign. A quic... Read more »

Harnessing the power of changemakers

Published on May 21, 2013
...s who are the driving force behind the UK’s success in the entrepreneurial world. Start-up: a story We can already see the impact the entrepreneurial world is having on student and graduate behaviour. This is something that we highlighted in our recent ‘Start-up: a story’ project. In 2009 there were 12 university enterprise societies, now there are 130. Turnover from graduate start-ups doubled between 2008 and 2010 to over £270m. Alliance universi... Read more »

A new manifesto for UK research

Published on March 18, 2015
...strong in health, engineering, technology and design – areas that remain crucial for today’s growing industries. Twenty per cent of our research staff join us from industry, giving us a head start in understanding what business needs – and responding to this. Alliance universities also have strong – and growing – international connections. Nearly a quarter of our research funding comes from outside the UK – this is five per cent above the sector... Read more »

Science and Innovation: future-proofing the ecosystem

Published on September 12, 2014
...in to sift through the submissions and weigh up evidence to piece together the Science and Innovation Strategy, we urge them to remember the many strengths that exist in our research ecosystem, which has enabled UK science to lead the world and our economy to grow. It is because of this we urge them, and Mr Osborne, to continue to fund research excellence, wherever it is found. Read University’s Alliance full submission to the BIS Science and Inno... Read more »

Ensuring our research and innovation ecosystem thrives

Published on March 13, 2015
...links between all the different agents across the ecosystem, bringing the world’s knowledge to the UK and the UK’s expertise to the world. But global competition is fierce, from both developed and emerging research systems. That is why the first and most important recommendation in University Alliance’s report Evolve. Connect. Succeed – Funding a healthy research and innovation ecosystem is that we need continued investment in world leading and i... Read more »

Measuring the success of the KU Big Read

Published on June 29, 2016
...on, we’d decided to do something similar at Kingston University, and had already chosen Nick Hornby’s About a Boy as our launch title for #KUBigRead. Obviously there were simple measures for monitoring our success – how many books did we print; how many were left over afterwards? But what we really wanted to know was how engaged were students and staff, and how would we know whether it was an initiative worth repeating? Nick Hornby signs his book... Read more »

University research is answering today’s challenges

Published on June 27, 2012
...of the world’s biggest challenges, our universities play a critical role. Today we launch Problem Solved: university research answering today’s challenges, which shows why research and innovation play such an important part in the economy at home and abroad and why universities are uniquely placed to rise to some of the challenges set by governments around the world. The ‘grand challenges’ set a thematic direction for much of our research. They a... Read more »