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At University Alliance, just like our universities, our approach is about putting solutions, innovation and enterprise at the core of everything we do – for the wider public and economic benefit of the UK.

We conduct, promote and disseminate research and analysis into matters related to higher education, including higher education policy, to inform and improve public and political discourse about the value of universities and the public benefit they deliver.

In taking a non-partisan, non-political approach we are able to bring together thought-leaders and experts from across the sector as well as government, industry and other charities to identify solutions that will sustain a world-leading, enterprising and innovative higher education sector.

Efficiency, leadership and partnership: an approach that delivers shared economic priorities

June 7, 2010

In the UK’s global, knowledge-based economy, where 80% of new jobs are in high-skill areas and new and growth industries take a high-tech, high-skill and innovative approach, universities are playi...

21st Century universities: engines of an innovation-driven economy

June 3, 2010

There is a question that is currently being asked across the UK as we face the biggest deficit since the end of World War II. The question was recently summed […]

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

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 […]

Proposal for a Graduate Contribution Scheme in England

April 7, 2010

University Alliance proposes the reform of ‘top up fees’ in England to introduce a Graduate Contribution Scheme. These proposals build on the best features of the existing student finance system wh...

Briefing on shortfall in university places

March 8, 2010

Increase in applications and shortfall in university places The UCAS application figures for entry to Higher Education in 2010 show a 22.9% increase in applications from 2009 (UCAS data release [&h...

Briefing on University Alliance key policy areas

February 8, 2010

University Alliance represents 22 major, dynamic, business-like universities at the heart of the sector which deliver world-leading research with impact and are actively business-focussed. These un...

Future arrangements for quality assurance in England and Northern Ireland

February 8, 2010

University Alliance represents 22 major, dynamic, business-like universities at the heart of the sector which deliver world-leading research with impact and are actively business-focussed. These un...

The impact of fees: A review of the evidence

January 7, 2010

A strong case for both public and private investment in higher education Any discussion of funding and student finance should take place within a shared understanding of the nature of […]

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

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 ...

Concentration and diversity: understanding the relationship between excellence, concentration and critical mass in UK research

December 7, 2009

Selectivity not concentration has driven excellence A policy of selectivity–funding research based on quality – has driven up the quality of UK research since the introduction of the RAE, not [&hel...