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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 […]

University Alliance says investment in HE ‘crucial’ for UK economy

December 22, 2009

Responding to the Government’s Grant letter to HEFCE published 22 December 2009 [1] Libby Aston, Director of University Alliance, said: “Investing public funding in higher education is just that – ...

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...

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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...