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  1. Business leaders tell Chancellor: Keep graduate visa to protect UK’s research and innovation

    18 leaders from Chambers of Commerce and business networks from across the UK have collectively written to the Chancellor to warn against watering down or scrapping the graduate visa route. The letter, which was coordinated by the University Alliance group of universities, has also been signed by leaders from the Russell Group and Universities UK.  […]

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  2. University Alliance responds to the Office for Students’ free speech complaints scheme consultation

    University Alliance has published their response to the Office for Students’ consultation on their free speech complaints scheme. Summary The Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) Act 2023 requires the Office for Students (OfS) to operate a free speech complaints scheme. It is imperative that this new scheme runs as effectively and efficiently as possible, ensuring […]

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  3. UA’s asks ahead of the Spring Budget

    Addressing the immediate challenges facing our universities and their students  UK universities now incur losses of £6bn annually on their core activities of research and teaching for UK home students. Our members are making significant changes to adjust to financial pressures, including major restructuring and transformation programmes. Recent analysis by PwC demonstrates that all universities […]

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  4. University groups call for cross-government health education taskforce

    With the latest UCAS data showing applications are down for medicine, nursing and midwifery courses, leaders from the higher education sector are calling for a new taskforce to effectively deliver NHS England’s Long-Term Workforce Plan. In a jointly-written letter sent to the Secretaries of State for Education and Health, a coalition of university mission groups […]

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  5. Letter to the Times: “Nurses’ research time needs to be protected too”

    In a letter to the The Times, University Alliance CEO Vanessa Wilson responds to the Times’ Health Commission. ‘Sir, The ten recommendations of The Times Health Commission are timely, necessary and sensible. Your ninth point makes the case for NHS staff to take part in research, proposing that 20 per cent of hospital consultants and […]

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  6. Eight Alliance Universities awarded funding to expand degree apprenticeships

    The Office for Students has announced a £12 million investment in degree apprenticeships in England, with over £2m allocated to Alliance universities. Vanessa Wilson, CEO of University Alliance said in response to the announcement: “It’s great to see eight University Alliance members awarded funding to expand their degree apprenticeship offer. Alliance universities have long been […]

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  7. Seven winners from universities across the UK announced at the Alliance Awards 2023

    Seven winners have been announced at University Alliance’s annual awards ceremony: the Alliance Awards 2023.   Representing 16 of the UK’s leading technical and professional universities, University Alliance founded the Awards to celebrate the innovation, commitment and excellence that exists across their membership.  Individuals and teams from Alliance universities won awards in categories that align with […]

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  8. Alliance Awards 2023: shortlisted nominees announced

      University Alliance and our partner TechnologyOne are delighted to announce the shortlists for our fourth annual Alliance Awards.   Each of the twenty-nine shortlisted nominees has made a significant contribution to their university, often against the odds. The nominees span the full range of university life, from health and safety to student unions, to […]

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  9. Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, receives CBE in the King’s Birthday Honours List

      Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-chancellor of the University of Brighton and Chair of University Alliance, has received a CBE in the King’s Birthday honours list for her outstanding contribution to higher education.   Professor Humphris has worked tirelessly for the university sector following a 20-year career in the NHS. Originally qualifying as a nurse, Debra’s […]

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  10. University Alliance welcomes the University of West London as its latest member

    Today (2 February 2023), University Alliance has formally welcomed its newest member, the University of West London (UWL). The Alliance brings together the UK’s leading professional and technical universities, supporting them to collaborate and share best practice enabling them to provide solutions to powering the UK’s future in terms of growth, jobs, skills and opportunity. […]

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