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The Alliance Story

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University Alliance represents 23 major UK universities who work closely with business to deliver world-class research and a high quality student experience.

Alliance universities educate 25% of all UK students and achieve some of the highest graduate-level employment rates. They are often the largest postgraduate provider in their region with a strong emphasis on access to the professions.

Alliance universities have a global focus: attracting high proportions of international students, delivering considerable trans-national education and working with partners around the world.

Alliance universities have innovation and enterprise running through everything they do and deliver – the courses they offer; their leading graduate prospects; the impact of their research; how they work with business, the professions and the community; the leading role they play in building regional economies; right down to the way they
are run.

They are universities without boundaries: delivering economic and social growth through dynamic links joining their research, students and staff with the world around them – locally, nationally and internationally.

Through evidence-based policy and research, University Alliance and our member universities aim to improve policymaking in higher education to the benefit of the UK economy and society.

Our ambition is to work closely with government and business to help achieve a world-leading, enterprising and innovative higher education sector that:

  • provides an explicit and clear offer to students, business and society
  • is at the centre of the UK’s growth strategy
  • delivers graduates that will drive our future international competitiveness
  • fosters a world-class, dynamic and innovative research base
  • supports and enables genuine partnership between universities and business
  • offers a broad and deep learning experience for students
  • provides a quality offer for students
  • enables social mobility and
  • inclusion
  • shapes a proactive, engaged and democratic society

The University of Huddersfield’s Business Mine supports students to experiment with entrepreneurial ideas creating new start-ups

Bournemouth University has one of the highest graduate employability rates in the UK at 91%

DeMontfort University’s Product Development Centre has a world-class reputation designing products for Adidas, Berghaus and Guinness and other leading brands

75% of FTSE 100 companies have sponsored their staff to study with the Open University

‘The Hive’ at Nottingham Trent University has helped establish more than 100 businesses since 2001 – almost 90% are still in operation today

Developed with major blue-chip companies,‘WOW’ (World of Work) is a unique program integrated across the curriculum at Liverpool John Moores University

Sheffield Hallam University works with around 59 professional bodies, and business and industry leaders including Sony, BP, NHS, Cisco and Microsoft

The University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) recruits international students from 125 countries

The University of Portsmouth is home to the largest dental academy in the UK

Teesside University was the Times Higher Education’s ‘University of the Year’ for 2009/10

Around 70% of the University of Bradford’s courses are professionally accredited

The University of Wales, Newport was rated the best University in Wales for entrepreneurship for three years running by the Knowledge Exploitation Fund

Aberystwyth University offers the best all-round student experience in the country according to the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey