Six degrees of separation

November 23, 2012 | by Professor John Vinney

Universities are often accused of not moving with the times. I don’t necessarily disagree with that criticism – it can be challenging being nimble when you’re very big and tied […]

Design: a long view

November 22, 2012 | by Dr Trevor Keeble

Design is a historically and culturally situated practice. It has meant different things, to different people throughout history, and so when questioning what role design plays in the educational d...

Christmas Card Competition 2012

October 23, 2012 | by Louisa Carpenter

Following the success of last year’s contest we are once again running a design competition for the cover of our Christmas card to be sent to our key stakeholders. If […]

Party Conferences: an opportunity to set out our vision for universities

October 19, 2012 | by Professor Steve West

I have recently returned from my first ever Party Conference season and I wanted to share with you the points I made at the events we ran there. More about […]

Collaboration by design

October 16, 2012 | by Professor Andrew Cooper

Trans-disciplinary learning at the new University of Salford MediaCityUK campus In October 2012, the University of Salford opened its new MediaCityUK campus to 1 500 students across the broad area ...

The value of design in solving business and industrial problems

October 6, 2012 | by Stephen Hoskins

My views on design stem from my personal experience. My background is of a visual arts practitioner, who ran a small business for many years, but who now conducts research […]

The sector’s long-term health has to be at the forefront of our thinking

September 11, 2012 | by Professor Steve West

As I start my term of office as Chair of University Alliance, we see the initial impact of the reforms to higher education begin to work their way through. Students […]

Cabinet reshuffle: continuity at a time of great change

September 6, 2012 | by Libby Hackett

Writing in the Guardian Higher Education Network blog, Libby Hackett writes about the welcome news that David Willetts is to stay on as university minister.  A cabinet reshuffle can always be count...

University research is answering today’s challenges

June 27, 2012 | by Andrew Wathey

When it comes to solving some 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...

Solid blocks versus blurred lines

May 21, 2012 | by Liz Shutt

We humans like putting things in order.  From an early age we are taught that all things have a place.  When we are faced with complex problems, we seek to […]