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The Independent: ‘Universities in the ambitious pursuit of excellence’

January 14, 2010

As universities assess the impact of the Government’s funding cuts, there is better news from at least one part of the sector which is involved in a campaign to increase […]

THE: ‘Stop state cash for PhDs outside elite institutions, says 1994 Group’

January 7, 2010

Publicly funded PhDs should become the preserve of the research elite, with doctoral students supported by the state only if they work in departments of a certain standard. The 1994 […]

THE: ‘Small research stars deploy RAE gains to shine brighter’

January 7, 2010

It is a year since the now-familiar “pockets of excellence” were identified by the 2008 research assessment exercise in universities traditionally considered to be teaching-focused. Des...

The Independent: ‘Northumbria University heads South to get the London look’

January 7, 2010

Next month, a university in the North-east of England will be opening a southern outpost in London when the University of Northumbria sets up shop in trendy Islington. The Northumbria […]

THE: ‘Breadth of quality gives UK edge, says University Alliance’

December 22, 2009

Funding the best research wherever it is found across the sector, rather than just in large research-intensive universities, is what has given the UK research base its international edge. This [&he...

Libby Aston

University Alliance report shows that selectivity, not concentration, has driven excellence in UK research

December 16, 2009

University Alliance has today published its first report ‘Concentration and Diversity: understanding the relationship between excellence, concentration and critical mass in UK research’. Commenting...

'The only choice is excellence' – opinion article in Research Fortnight

December 16, 2009

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THE: article on policy advisers in Alliance universities

November 12, 2009

University Alliance forms group for policy experts assisting vice-chancellors. Hannah Fearn reports They are often accused of playing politics, but now vice-chancellors are behaving more like MPs t...

BBC: Universities ‘must widen access’

November 3, 2009

A-levels are not sufficient to identify the aptitude and potential of all those who should benefit from a university education, the government says. A framework for higher education in England [&he...

The Guardian: Higher education quangos may face the axe – but which ones should go?

September 22, 2009

Universities are very fortunate to work with Hefce and the research councils. Given that the policy of both funding bodies is to be supportive of excellence and efficiency, but not […]