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 […]

It’s time to take our heads out of the sand

May 17, 2012 | by Professor Steve West

Higher education is going through massive change at the moment, as is the country. So much focus is on dealing with the here and now, which is obviously critical, but there […]

Knowledge exchange remains crucial for growth

May 8, 2012 | by Andrew Henry

Set against a backdrop of a global recession and an uncertain future political and economic landscape, UK higher education’s role in knowledge exchange remains a critical part of the innovation [&h...

We need more graduates if we’re really serious about growth

March 27, 2012 | by Libby Hackett

The belief that there are too many graduates in the UK persists in the minds of many. It is a popular perception that higher education has expanded too quickly and […]

Open Doors: universities open for business?

March 1, 2012 | by Libby Hackett

Today we are launching Open Doors, a campaign to encourage more businesses to experience the benefits of collaborating with their local university. As part of this we have launched a […]

Students as co-creator, not consumer?

February 17, 2012 | by Janet Beer

Last week I went to another Alliance university, Bournemouth, to give a lecture on what we can do, as a sector, to make the reality live up to the rhetoric […]