News & Media

The Independent: ‘Battle for doctoral funds: Should government cash for PhDs be restricted to the best universities?’

February 11, 2010

In the university world, differences of opinion are nothing new. But the outcome of this one might just change the character of higher education itself. Universities are at odds over […]

THE: ‘How high? 'Reasonable number' would accept fees hike’

February 11, 2010

More than half of students would be willing to pay university fees of £5,000 and one in five would be prepared to go as high as £10,000, a survey of […]

UCAS application data shows significant increases in STEM applications across Alliance universities

February 8, 2010

In response to the publication of today’s UCAS figures Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance, representing 22 universities at the heart of the sector, said: “The UCAS application figures for...

University Alliance warns of consequences of cuts for students who won’t get a place at university

February 1, 2010

In response to HEFCE announcement of university funding for 2010-11 Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance, said: “HEFCE have made sensible proposals in response to  Government spending cuts....

Alliance Fees report shows myths are more of a barrier than the system itself

January 28, 2010

University Alliance report shows that ‘misunderstanding and myths about university fees are causing more of a barrier to entry than the system itself.’ In line with the Independent Revi...

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 […]

Alliance response to 1994 Group report on postgraduate provision

January 9, 2010

In response to the 1994 Group report ‘Analysis of postgraduate provision at UK universities’ Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance, said: “This report is a helpful contribution to the eviden...

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 […]