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About us

University Alliance is the voice of professional and technical universities working at the heart of their communities. Alliance universities work with industry to deliver innovative applied research and practical skills-based learning to solve the problems of the future and train the workforce of tomorrow.

Our Work

We believe professional and technical universities unlock potential and effect change 

We champion and protect the work our members do to deliver value for students, communities and industry

We provide a collective voice for our members.

We work to influence decision-makers and shape the policy landscape to create the best conditions for our members (to unlock potential and effect change)

We search for innovative solutions to the issues facing professional and technical universities.

We challenge narratives and shift perceptions through highlighting the fantastic work our members do.


We connect universities with shared values and common goals to work together as a force for greater good.

We facilitate networks for professional and academic staff to collaborate and share expertise.

Through our programmes, we unlock opportunities in applied-research and innovative teaching and learning.


Our programmes

  • Our Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) model offers UK-based PhD students a fully-funded postgraduate programme, an expert support network and improved employment opportunities. The DTA focuses on three interdisciplinary areas: Applied Biosciences for Health; Energy; and Social Policy. It is the largest multi-partner doctoral training initiative in the UK.
  • Our new extended Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA3) opens up our existing doctoral training initiatives to EU and international PhD students – backed by a €6.5million award from the European Commission, under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie (MSCA) COFUND scheme.