Degree apprenticeships and skills

University Alliance members are some of the largest and fastest growing providers of higher and degree apprenticeships in England. Our goal is to empower our students with career-ready skills that will support them into a future which is fast-changing and will require dynamism and innovation.  

Alliance universities work in partnership with employers to empower students with skills for the future

Our membership includes some of the fastest growing degree apprenticeship providers in England. Four UA members were among the top 10 providers to receive the largest amount funding to support degree apprenticeships in the 2022/23 Office for Students Strategic Priorities Grant (SPG) allocations: Anglia Ruskin University, UWE Bristol, Middlesex University and Coventry University. 

We published two policy briefings over 2022 and 2023, which include our recommendations for the expansion, regulation and funding of degree apprenticeships. Read them below:


  1. Reduce the regulatory burden of delivering higher and degree apprenticeships.
  2. Establish an equitable and simplified approach to funding.
  3. Consult widely on any flexibilities to the Apprenticeship Levy.
  4. Remove the 25% cap on Apprenticeship Levy transfers.
  5. Lead a joined-up skills system.