News

Type

Year

Press release

21 Nov 2017

MillionPlus welcomes the HEA’s report on TEF Year 2 submissions

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the Higher Education Academy (HEA) report on TEF Year 2 submissions

In the news

17 Nov 2017

Glasgow Caledonian University student picks up SQA Star Award for volunteering

A third-year student at Glasgow Caledonian University who volunteers in his local community as a sports coach has been honoured at the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) Star Awards 2017.

Press release

09 Nov 2017

MillionPlus comment on HEPI’s How much is too much research report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) report How much is too much: cross-subsidies from teaching to research in British universities

In the news

08 Nov 2017

University of Cumbria signs agreement with the University of Texas

The University of Cumbria has signed an agreement with the University of Texas in Dallas which could see project management students from Cumbria travel across the Atlantic to study

In the news

19 Oct 2017

Professor Dave Phoenix appears on the Today Programme

MillionPlus Chair and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University Professor Dave appeared on the Radio 4's Today programme this morning, taking part in a discussion around free speech on university campuses.

Press release

12 Oct 2017

MillionPlus comment on the announcement of the Knowledge Exchange Framework

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has commented on the Knowledge Exchange Framework, announced by Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, at today’s Hefce conference.

In the news

06 Oct 2017

Professor Susan Rigby appointed Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University has announced the appointment of Professor Susan Rigby as its next Vice-Chancellor

Press release

01 Oct 2017

MillionPlus comment on the government's freezing of tuition fees

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the government's decision to freeze tuition fees at their current level.

Blog

19 Sep 2017

Guest blog: Universities, Brexit and European Structural Funds – what next?

Guest blog authored by Linda Stewart, Director of European and International Development at University of the Highlands and Islands which looks back at the partnerships and innovation / research and development initiatives that have been built up through a synergistic approach to EU funding programmes. The benefit from this funding goes far beyond a simple arithmetic calculation of the funding received for a string of projects and she asks what next post-brexit?

Press release

13 Sep 2017

MillionPlus: Brexit - what's best for our universities and students?

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (13th September) published a new policy briefing, Brexit - what's best for our universities and students? which highlights the key issues that the UK’s representatives need to negotiate to ensure that UK and EU students can continue to study in each other’s countries and that the UK’s universities can continue to trade in Europe post-Brexit.

Press release

07 Sep 2017

MillionPlus comment on the HEPI creative arts paper

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the latest policy paper from HEPI, which warns of a crisis in the creative arts, arguing that the introduction of the English Baccalaureate has seen STEM subjects given priority over others.

Press release

06 Sep 2017

MillionPlus welcomes the government’s EU science and innovation – a future partnership paper

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the government’s science and innovation position paper, Collaboration on science and innovation – A future partnership.

Press release

01 Sep 2017

MillionPlus welcomes Hefce’s REF2021 decisions

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the decisions published by Hefce which will, in part, determine how the next Research Excellence Framework will be managed.

In the news

24 Aug 2017

Los Angeles Success for University of Bolton Film Alumni

Four graduates from the University of Bolton's School of the Arts Film/Animation and Illustration Department have achieved success at the Los Angeles Short Film Festival, winning a number of awards for their film The Getaway.

Press release

24 Aug 2017

MillionPlus comment on the ONS student migration figures and the Home Office study of international students

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has commented on the latest migration figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which show that 97% of international students leave the UK at the end of their studies.

Press release

17 Aug 2017

MillionPlus comment on A level results day

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has commented on the UCAS statistical release on A levels published today.

Press release

09 Aug 2017

MillionPlus comment on the National Student Survey results

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the National Student Survey (NSS) results, which show that 84% of students who responded said they are satisfied with the quality of their courses overall. The NSS covers nearly all final-year undergraduates studying for higher education qualifications at higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges in England and Wales, and HEIs in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

In the news

03 Aug 2017

UWL puts Degree Apprenticeships in the spotlight for local employers

Large companies and local firms learned about the new Degree Apprenticeship qualification at an event hosted by the University of West London.

In the news

21 Jul 2017

Pam Tatlow quoted in Times Higher Education

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, is quoted in the Times Higher Education, in an article about the north/south salary divide in England and plans to use LEO graduate earnings in TEF.

In the news

20 Jul 2017

Professor Iain Martin writes for THE on the need for a graduate tax

Professor Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, has written for Times Higher Education on tuition fees, headlined 'A graduate tax would bring transparency to university funding.'

In the news

20 Jul 2017

Bill Rammell writes for THE on the need for tuition fees

Bill Rammell, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Bedfordshire, has written on the need for tuition fees to stay for Times Higher Education.

In the news

13 Jul 2017

Professor Iain Martin quoted in THE

Professor Iain Martin, Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University, is quoted in a Times Higher Education article surveying VCs about tuition fees.

Press release

13 Jul 2017

MillionPlus comment on the UCAS June deadline statistical release

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the UCAS June deadline statistical release, which shows UK applicants down 4% and EU applicants down 5% as well as a continued fall of mature student numbers.

In the news

05 Jul 2017

Alan Palmer quoted in THE

MillionPlus Head of Policy and Research Alan Palmer, has been quoted in the Times Higher Education in an article about social class and the TEF.

Blog

03 Jul 2017

CEO Blog: Kicking the fees debate into touch is a missed opportunity

Kicking the fees debate into touch is a missed opportunity, writes Pam Tatlow.

Blog

05 Jun 2017

CEO Blog: Loans are not debt? Tell that to students

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, on whether student loans constitute debt and the case for a review of the funding system. 

In the news

05 Jun 2017

Alan Palmer quoted in FE Week

Alan Palmer, Head of Policy and Research at MillionPlus, is quoted in the latest FE Week, in an article about degree apprenticeships.

In the news

24 May 2017

Staffordshire student writes about celebrating 25 years of modern universities

Staffordshire University Mechanical Engineering student Zach Lowe writes about attending the MillionPlus 25 and Rising celebration parliament in April

Blog

24 May 2017

Guest blog: Many reasons to celebrate

Sandra Booth, Pro Vice Chancellor Enterprise, Business Development and Engagement at the University of Cumbria, on celebrating 25 years of modern universities and an upcoming anniversary at her institution

In the news

24 May 2017

Talented Bath Spa textile student designs winning fabric print

Bath Spa University student Amelia Anderson, 20, has been announced as the nationwide winner of the prestigious Silk Bureau 2017 Print Competition.

Press release

24 May 2017

MillionPlus comment on the Technopolis report on EU research and innovation funding in the UK

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the report commissioned from the Technopolis Group by the UK’s four national academies that shows exactly where EU funding goes, what kind of activities it supports and what other investment it attracts. The report lists the UK universities and disciplines that rely most heavily on funding from the EU and could be most at risk should those income streams falter post-Brexit.

In the news

23 May 2017

Abertay graduate honoured by NHS

An Abertay University graduate has been recognised for his outstanding work with the NHS at a glittering awards ceremony.

In the news

18 May 2017

MiddIesex Institute of Work Based Learning selected as best practice case study by the European Commission

Middlesex has been identified as one of the top 50 universities in the European Union for university-business cooperation (UBC) through the work of the Institute for Work Based Learning. 

Blog

15 May 2017

CEO Blog: Manifestly, the system of student support and university funding is ripe for review

With general election manifestos from the major parties imminent, MillionPlus Chief Executive Pam Tatlow makes the case for the next government to review the system of student support and the funding universities in England

In the news

08 May 2017

Sunderland Journalism student scoops national award

A Sunderland journalism student’s outstanding reporting skills have landed her a national award.

Blog

04 May 2017

CEO Blog: Despite attempts to muddy the waters, ITT allocations will see the light of day

MillionPlus Chief Executive Pam Tatlow writes on the DfE's decision to finally publish university ITT allocations for 2017-18

In the news

02 May 2017

Bedfordshire graduates scoop award for best documentary

Two TV Production graduates from the University of Bedfordshire scooped the prize for best student documentary at a national film awards.

In the news

28 Apr 2017

Cumbria staff and students support #25andRising campaign

Staff from the University of Cumbria travelled to Westminster to support a campaign to highlight all that modern universities and their students have achieved over the past 25 years.

In the news

28 Apr 2017

Edinburgh Napier Nursing programme lands national award

Edinburgh Napier University scooped a major honour at this year’s Student Nursing Times Awards.

In the news

25 Apr 2017

Pam Tatlow quoted by BBC

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, is quoted in a BBC article about a 'brain drain' warning post-Brexit from the House of Commons Education Select Committee.

Press release

25 Apr 2017

MillionPlus welcomes the Education Select Committee’s Exiting the EU report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, today welcomes the House of Commons Education Select Committee Report on the challenges and opportunities for higher education as Britain exits the European Union. 

In the news

21 Apr 2017

Pam Tatlow quoted by BBC

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, is quoted in a BBC article about the government's decision to confirm funding for EU students starting courses at UK universities in 2018/19

Press release

21 Apr 2017

MillionPlus comment on the government’s confirmation of funding for EU students for 2018/19

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the government’s announcement confirming that EU students applying for university places in the 2018/19 academic year will remain eligible for financial support

Press release

11 Apr 2017

MillionPlus welcomes confirmation of funding for second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has welcomed the confirmation of funding from the Department for Education for the second phase of the Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, which will invest £4m to increase degree apprenticeship starts, build capacity to develop more standards and improve opportunities for employers and HEIs to work together.

Press release

10 Apr 2017

MillionPlus welcomes NUS report on international students and calls for a new approach from government

MillionPlus, The Association for Modern Universities, has welcomed the new report ‘Student perspectives on international students’ from The National Union of Students (NUS) which shows that a majority of students in the UK feel their degrees would suffer if international student numbers dropped.

In the news

07 Apr 2017

University of Bolton Rugby Union coach receives national recognition

Bolton Students’ Union and the University of Bolton Rugby Club are celebrating again after success at the Student RFU Awards.

Press release

28 Mar 2017

MillionPlus Chief Executive

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has announced that Ann Rossiter, who was to take over as Chief Executive on 18 April, will no longer be taking up the appointment due to family illness. 

Press release

28 Mar 2017

MillionPlus comment ahead of the triggering of Article 50

In advance of the Prime Minister Theresa May’s formal triggering of Article 50, beginning the process of the UK’s exit from the EU, MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, today argues that universities in the UK are still no wiser about what the government is seeking to negotiate on their behalf and calls for greater transparency from Ministers

In the news

23 Mar 2017

Abertay games courses ranked best in Europe

Abertay University computer games courses have been ranked best in Europe for the third consecutive year by the prestigious Princeton Review.

In the news

23 Mar 2017

LA award win for Southampton Solent film production student

David Barbeschi, a final-year BA (Hons) Film Production student at Southampton Solent University has had major international success with his short film script, PAWNS, which has already won first prize in two international festivals including Los Angeles Film Awards and Glasgow, Monthly Film Festival.

Press release

23 Mar 2017

MillionPlus comment on the UCAS Teacher Training End of Cycle 2016 figures

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the UCAS Teacher Training End of Cycle 2016 figures

Press release

09 Mar 2017

MillionPlus welcomes UUK degree apprenticeships report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the Universities UK Degree apprenticeships: realising opportunities report.

Press release

08 Mar 2017

MillionPlus comment on the 2017 Budget statement

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the Budget statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond

Press release

06 Mar 2017

MillionPlus comments on Universities UK international students research

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on research from Universities UK, showing that international students are now worth £25bn to the UK economy

Press release

03 Mar 2017

MillionPlus welcomes the BEIS Committee’s Industrial Strategy: First Review report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s Industrial Strategy: First Review report

In the news

02 Mar 2017

LSBU scoops 'Accountancy College of the Year - Public Sector’ Award

London South Bank University (LSBU) has been named ‘Accountancy College of the Year - Public Sector’ at the PQ Magazine 2017 Awards.

Press release

02 Mar 2017

Modern universities vital to devolution and the industrial strategy, says MillionPlus

A new report published today by MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, argues that modern universities are vital to support devolution and the industrial strategy and need to be valued as key players if the government is to deliver on its ambitions to improve living standards and re-balance regional growth

In the news

28 Feb 2017

Edinburgh Napier student shortlisted for Sony World Photography Awards

An Edinburgh Napier student has been shortlisted for an award in what is the world’s largest photography competition. Stewart Main has made it through to the final 10 in the Student Focus competition of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.

In the news

25 Feb 2017

Research by UEL into Schizophrenia in England featured by BBC

University of East of London research produces the first ever maps to reveal "hotspots" of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses in England.

Press release

24 Feb 2017

MillionPlus welcomes Jo Johnson’s announcement of fast-track degrees

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (24 February) welcomed the announcement by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson MP of an amendment to the Higher Education and Research Bill, introducing some flexibility to the fee regime as an incentive for universities to increase their provision of fast-track degrees.

In the news

22 Feb 2017

High five for Sunderland's School of Nursing

The University of Sunderland was shortlisted for five Student Nursing Times Awards 2017.
 

Press release

21 Feb 2017

MillionPlus responds to the Education Select Committee’s Recruitment and Retention of Teachers report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today responded to the House of Commons Education Select Committee’s Recruitment and Retention of Teachers report

In the news

09 Feb 2017

Middlesex University media students win big at the Royal Television Society student awards

Students on Middlesex University’s BA Television Production and BA Film courses took away two out of four top awards at the Royal Television Society (RTS) London Student Awards at the ITV Studios on Tuesday 7 February.

The awards, which recognise the best in student television from across the region, were presented in five categories: Animation, Comedy and Entertainment, Factual, Drama, and Short Film.

Press release

02 Feb 2017

MillionPlus responds to the Brexit White Paper

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today responded to the publication of the government’s Brexit White Paper, The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union

In the news

02 Feb 2017

Bath Spa University's student reaches the final of prestigious fashion competion

Sarah Carter, third year Fashion Design student at Bath Spa, is a finalist in the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competition,one of only 20 that were shortlisted..

Press release

23 Jan 2017

MillionPlus responds to the launch of the modern Industrial Strategy Green Paper

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has responded to the modern Industrial Strategy Green Paper which will be officially launched by the Prime Minister Theresa May today, with the role of technical education set to form a major plank of the plan

Press release

12 Jan 2017

MillionPlus comment on HEPI’s ‘Determinants of international demand for UK HE’ report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the Higher Education Policy Institute’s ‘The determinants of international demand for UK higher education’ report

Press release

20 Dec 2016

MillionPlus comment on the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee’s Brexit report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s report ‘A time for boldness: EU membership and UK science after the referendum’.

In the news

12 Dec 2016

Middlesex associate professor awarded Fulbright Fellowship

Associate Professor Dr Anne Daguerre will compare how universities in Europe and the USA meet the needs of their Muslim students

In the news

24 Nov 2016

LSBU named Entrepreneurial University of the Year at Times Higher Education Awards

LSBU has been given the award for Entrepreneurial University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards. The accolade celebrates the entrepreneurial support offered to students, graduates, staff and the local community led by LSBU’s Research, Enterprise and Innovation team, based at the Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, with support from academics across LSBU’s seven Schools.

Press release

23 Nov 2016

MillionPlus comments on the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today responded to the Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Statement.

Press release

21 Nov 2016

MillionPlus welcomes the Prime Minister’s commitment to increase R&D investment

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (21 November) welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister, Theresa May MP, that the government will increase investment in research and development to £2bn per year by 2020. In her speech to the CBI, the Prime Minister will also announce that UK Research and Innovation will be responsible for a new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

In the news

16 Nov 2016

Anglia Ruskin wins British business ‘Oscar’ for Entrepreneurship

Anglia Ruskin University has won a prestigious national prize for entrepreneurship at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards, known as “the Oscars of Great British business”.

Press release

14 Nov 2016

MillionPlus responds to the EPI’s 'Remaking Tertiary Education' report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today responded to the Education Policy Institute’s report, Remaking tertiary education: can we create a system that is fair and fit for purpose?

Press release

10 Nov 2016

MillionPlus welcomes the creation of a degree apprenticeship fund

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (10 November) welcomed the creation of a new Department for Education (DfE) / Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) fund to support degree apprenticeships

In the news

08 Nov 2016

LSBU hosts world final of International Chocolate Awards

London South Bank University (LSBU) hosted the final of the International Chocolate Awards 2016, celebrating the most talented chocolatiers from around the globe.

Press release

24 Oct 2016

Pam Tatlow to retire as Chief Executive of MillionPlus in March 2017

Pam Tatlow has announced that she is to retire as Chief Executive of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, in March 2017.

Blog

24 Oct 2016

Chair's Blog: On your marks, get set - Brexit

The ability of UK universities to trade with EU countries in HE services and research is fundamental to a successful economy, writes MillionPlus Chair Professor Dave Phoenix.

Press release

21 Oct 2016

MillionPlus welcomes Universities UK report ‘Changing the Culture’

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the new Universities UK report ‘Changing the culture’ which has been circulated to all universities. The report includes recommendations for universities in dealing with violence against women, harassment and hate crime affecting university students. Alongside the report Universities UK have reviewed the guidance available to universities on managing situations where a student's behaviour may constitute a criminal offence. The new guidelines take into account changes in law including the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Equalities Act in 2010

Press release

14 Oct 2016

MillionPlus comments on Universities UK international students poll

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today welcomed the findings of a poll commissioned by Universities UK that shows that the British public support international students coming to the UK to study, with 75% of respondents saying they would like to see the same number, or more

Press release

13 Oct 2016

MillionPlus comments on the HEPI policy paper - Protecting the public interest in HE

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the new HEPI policy paper, Protecting the public interest in higher education

Press release

11 Oct 2016

MillionPlus welcomes government funding guarantee for EU students in 2017-18; outlines further recommendations ahead of Brexit

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has welcomed the government’s announcement that EU students in England will be able to access EU loan funding in the 2017-18 academic year

Press release

11 Oct 2016

MillionPlus: Trade in HE services and research - negotiating Brexit

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has set out a number of recommendations for the government’s Brexit negotiations in a new policy paper, Trade in higher education services and research – negotiating Brexit, published today.

In the news

10 Oct 2016

Anglia Ruskin to open medical school in September 2018

Anglia Ruskin University is planning to open a new School of Medicine for September 2018 to help address the urgent need for more doctors and healthcare professionals in the UK, and specifically in Essex

In the news

07 Oct 2016

Award nomination success for enterprise education at LSBU

London South Bank University (LSBU) has become the first university to be shortlisted for three awards in the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs Celebrate Enterprise Awards

Press release

04 Oct 2016

MillionPlus comments on the Home Secretary’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today  commented on the Home Secretary Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd’s speech at the Conservative Party Conference, in which she announced a government consultation on whether the student visa system should be tailored to quality of course and institution, suggesting that some universities could see a cut in the number of international students they can recruit.

Press release

04 Oct 2016

MillionPlus chair outlines four-point challenge for the government at Conservative Party Conference

In a speech delivered today at a MillionPlus and NUS fringe at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, and Vice-Chancellor at London South Bank University, will outline a four-point challenge to the government as progress towards the Higher Education Bill and Brexit continues.

In the news

03 Oct 2016

Bath Spa VC writes for Wonkhe

Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University, has written a blog for Wonkhe on the threat to higher education posed by A two-tier Tier 4 system

Press release

29 Sep 2016

MillionPlus Chair honoured with China’s Friendship Award

Professor David Phoenix, Chair of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University has been honoured with China’s Friendship Award, the nation’s highest honour for achievement by a non-Chinese citizen with only 50 awards available globally each year.

Press release

29 Sep 2016

MillionPlus comments on the government’s response to the consultation on implementing stage two of the TEF

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (29 September) commented on the government’s response to the consultation on the implementation of the second stage of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Blog

29 Sep 2016

Guest Blog: 'More with less and better' - Dr Gavan Conlon on the Diamond Review

Dr Gavan Conlon from London Economics, an expert in higher education funding systems and a member of the Diamond Review Panel, outlines the reasons for and the impact of the Review’s recommendations.

Press release

26 Sep 2016

MillionPlus Chair calls on the Labour Party to champion a 21st century vision of universities

In a speech delivered today at a MillionPlus and NUS co-hosted fringe at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool, Professor Dave Phoenix, Chair of MillionPlus and Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University calls on MPs to champion a 21st century vision of universities, supporting teaching, research and enterprise and reaching out to all communities.

In the news

22 Sep 2016

Middlesex ranked one of best young universities in the world

Times Higher Education has placed Middlesex University in the top '150 Under 50' for 2016

In the news

08 Sep 2016

Edinburgh Napier VC appears before Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills committee

Professor Andrea Nolan, Vice-Chancellor at Edinburgh Napier University and Convener of Universities Scotland, has expressed concerns about the UK Government’s reforms of higher education to the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills committee.

Press release

08 Sep 2016

MillionPlus calls for new approach to research funding

A policy briefing published today by MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, argues that a new approach is required for research funding in universities.

In the news

07 Sep 2016

Middlesex opens new £18m Ritterman Building

Middlesex University has opened its newest teaching facility, the £18m Ritterman Building, at its Hendon campus in north London.

In the news

01 Sep 2016

Abertay shortlisted for “University of the Year” in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards

Abertay University has been shortlisted for “University of the Year” in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Awards.

Press release

15 Aug 2016

MillionPlus welcomes EU research funding guarantee; calls on government to protect EU students access to loans

MillionPlus, the Association of Modern Universities, has today (15 August) welcomed the UK government’s decision to underwrite EU research funding received by UK universities even when specific projects continue beyond the UK’s departure from the EU.

Press release

10 Aug 2016

MillionPlus comments on the National Student Survey results

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the National Student Survey (NSS) results, which show that 86% of students who responded are satisfied with their course.

In the news

08 Aug 2016

LSBU and Anglia Ruskin shortlisted for "university Oscar"

London South Bank University and Anglia Ruskin University have been shortlisted for The Duke of York Award for University Entrepreneurship at the National Business Awards.

Press release

04 Aug 2016

MillionPlus comment on the UCAS ‘Factors associated with predicted and achieved A level attainment’ report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today commented on the UCAS ‘Factors associated with predicted and achieved A level attainment’ report.

In the news

01 Aug 2016

Pam Tatlow quoted in Times Higher Education

MillionPlus Chief Executive Pam tatlow has been quoted in an article featured in the Times Higher Education magazine article about the Home Office easing visa rules at four selective universities.

Press release

28 Jul 2016

MillionPlus responds to the Stern Review

MillionPlus, the Associations for Modern Universities, has today responded to Lord Stern’s Independent Review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF).

In the news

21 Jul 2016

Pam Tatlow writes for Research Fortnight

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, the Associtation for Modern Universities, has written an article for Research Fortnight, 'Threats to core funding could overshadow REF reform.'

Press release

19 Jul 2016

MillionPlus responds to the Health Select Committee’s Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today responded to the Health Select Committee’s report ‘Impact of the Spending Review on health and social care’ which is focused exclusively on the spending review decisions for health and social care in England.

In the news

19 Jul 2016

LSBU collaborates with AFBE-UK Scotland to encourage careers in engineering

London South bank University has partnered with a not-for-profit organisation which aims to encourage engineering as a career choice among young people  to run an employability event.

Press release

15 Jul 2016

MillionPlus welcomes the appointment of Greg Clark MP as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today (15 July) welcomed the appointment of Greg Clark MP as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Press release

14 Jul 2016

MillionPlus responds to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities has today published its response to the Teaching Excellence Framework Technical Consultation.

Press release

13 Jul 2016

MillionPlus response to NHS Bursaries: reforming healthcare education funding consultation

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has published its response to the Department of Health’s Reforming healthcare education funding: creating a sustainable future workforce consultation, calling for the abolition of NHS bursaries to be deferred at least until the 2018-19 academic year.

Press release

06 Jul 2016

MillionPlus parliamentary roundtable – Teacher Education, Educational Excellence Everywhere?

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has today published its response to the Department for Education’s White Paper Educational Excellence Everywhere.

Blog

16 Jun 2016

Guest Blog: Doing my bit for primary education and teacher CPD

LSBU's Dr Jane Courtney writes on her appearance at the Education Committee on Teacher Supply and outlines her recommendations for primary teacher education.

In the news

13 Jun 2016

Pam Tatlow: TEF panel costs "just tip of the iceberg"

Pam Tatlow, MillionPlus Chief Executive, has been quoted by the Times Higher Education magazine in an article on the potential costs of running TEF panels.

Press release

10 Jun 2016

MillionPlus comments on the Public Accounts Committee’s Training New Teachers report

MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, has commented on the Public Accounts Committee’s Training New Teachers report.

In the news

09 Jun 2016

LSBU's Dr Jane Courtney quoted by the BBC

Evidence given to the Education Committee by Dr Jane Courtney, Head of the Education Division in the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University, has been quoted by the BBC.

Press release

09 Jun 2016

MillionPlus comments on the 2016 Student Academic Experience Survey

MillionPlus, the Association of Modern Universities, has today (9 June) commented on the 2016 Student Academic Experience Survey published by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI).

In the news

26 May 2016

Anglia Ruskin MA wins V&A Student Illustrator of the Year title

Prestigious award – and cheque for £3,000 – goes to talented Anglia Ruskin artist

In the news

20 May 2016

Pam Tatlow letter published by the Guardian

"The higher education and research bill changes the rules of the game again," writes MillionPlus Chief Executive in a letter published by the Guardian.

Press release

12 May 2016

Modern universities “one of UK’s most precious assets”, MillionPlus Chair tells AGM

In his speech to the Annual Meeting of MillionPlus, the Association for Modern Universities, later today (12 May), Professor Dave Phoenix, will call modern universities one of the UK’s “most precious assets”.

In the news

29 Apr 2016

Pam Tatlow quoted in Schools Week

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of MillionPlus, has been quoted in a Schools Week article: Teacher training place allocations metric ‘biased’.

In the news

29 Apr 2016

Anglia Ruskin MA student wins inaugural Carmelite Prize

Mark Nicholas, an MA Children's Book Illustration student at Anglia Ruskin University, has won the first-ever Carmelite Prize which recognises excellence in children's book illustration.

Press release

21 Apr 2016

million+ responds to the Higher Education Policy Institute’s (HEPI) report: Making a Success of Employer Sponsored Education

The university think-tank million+ has today (21 April) responded to HEPI’s report: Making a Success of Employer Sponsored Education, calling it a welcome reminder of the role that employer-sponsored degrees currently play in UK higher education.

Press release

31 Mar 2016

million+ responds to the Stern Review of the Research Excellence Framework

The university think-tank million+ has today (31 March) published its response to Lord Stern’s consultation on his independent review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), arguing that the assessment of the quality and impact of research should remain the REF’s primary purpose and that the government should maintain its commitment to fund excellent research wherever it is found.

Press release

18 Mar 2016

million+ responds to HEFCE revised operating model for quality assessment

The university think-tank million+ has responded to the HEFCE revised operating model for quality assessment. The document sets out the revised operating model for quality assessment to be implemented from 2017-18, the transition arrangements during 2016-17 to support such implementation, and plans for a range of pilot activities during 2016-17.

Press release

11 Mar 2016

million+ responds to HEFCE’s £1.7m award to develop engineering and computer science conversion courses

The university think-tank million+ has today (11 March) responded to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) announcement that it has awarded £1.7 million for 28 projects to develop engineering and computer science courses.

Press release

10 Feb 2016

million+ responds to the National Audit Office’s Training New Teachers report

The university think-tank million+ has today (10 February) responded to the National Audit Office’s (NAO) Training New Teachers report, arguing that the Department for Education continues to undervalue the contribution of universities to teacher education and that government should consider changing track if the decline in teacher recruitment and retention is to be arrested.

In the news

10 Feb 2016

million+ CEO quoted in the Times Higher Education

A blog by Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+, has been quoted in a THE article about the RAB charge estimate falling to 20-25%. 

Press release

01 Feb 2016

million+ comment on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on the government’s Productivity Plan

The university think-tank million+ has today (1 February) commented on the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on the government’s Productivity Plan, specifically regarding the proposed target of creating three million apprentices and the sizeable role that universities play in delivering vocational qualifications.

In the news

26 Jan 2016

Edinburgh Napier digital team make final three in Scotland-wide contest

Edinburgh Napier University has made the final three in a digital competition launched by VisitScotland.

In the news

25 Jan 2016

Middlesex students reach regional final of EU Law Moot Court Competition

Third years through to Oral Pleadings Phase in Helsinki after passing written pleadings test

In the news

25 Jan 2016

Leeds Trinity PhD student signs two-book deal for debut novels

​A Creative Writing PhD student at Leeds Trinity University has signed a two-book deal that will see her first novel published in July 2016.

In the news

21 Jan 2016

Anglia Ruskin University lecturer nominated for a national award

Lyn Jones a lecturer in midwifery at Anglia Ruskin University has been nominated for a national award for her innovative solution to connect with students on remote placements.

In the news

20 Jan 2016

LSBU named one of the best employers in UK

London South Bank University has been listed as one of the most highly rated employers in an index of the best organisations to work for in 2016

Blog

20 Jan 2016

Guest Blog: A new start (and a trip to Sunderland)

Dan Blows, Communications Officer, writes on joining the team and heading north for the University of Sunderland's 2016 Research Conference.

In the news

18 Jan 2016

Anglia Ruskin Teaching Fellow appears in programme with Sir David Attenborough

Anglia Ruskin University Teaching Fellow Ben Garrod comes face to face with two giants on BBC One later this month.

In the news

18 Jan 2016

Bedfordshire researchers survey over-50s drinking habits

The biggest ever survey of its kind has been conducted by researchers at the University of Bedfordshire into the drinking habits of the over 50s.

In the news

14 Jan 2016

Edinburgh Napier graduate nominated for an Oscar

A live-action short film by Edinburgh Napier University Screen Academy Scotland graduate Basil Khalil is up for an Oscar.

In the news

14 Jan 2016

Bedfordshire students take second place in national business challenge

A team of University of Bedfordshire MBA students took second place in the final of national FLUX 500, the largest student business challenge in the UK.

In the news

12 Jan 2016

University of Cumbria seals Malaysian connection

Staff from the University of Cumbria have been in Malaysia to finalise the launch of two business degrees.

In the news

12 Jan 2016

UWS Professor nominated for Scotswoman of the Year award

Professor Debbie Tolson of University of the West of Scotland has been nominated for the Evening Times Scotswoman of the Year award.

In the news

04 Jan 2016

Anglia Ruskin Professor receives OBE honour

Professor Helen Odell-Miller was recognised in the New Year’s Honours List, receiving an OBE for services to music therapy.

Press release

16 Dec 2015

million+ comments on the Stern review of university research funding

The university think tankmillion+ has welcomed the government’s commitment to consider the purpose, effectiveness and efficiency of the REF but has stated that the review should not undermine the long-standing principle that excellent research should be funded wherever it is found.

Blog

01 Dec 2015

Guest Blog: The value of creativity in a global market

Creativity is at the heart of what universities do, writes Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University.

Universities long served as a prime conduit for creative and cultural innovation. Scholarly publication internationalises innovation. Higher studies reinforce the globalisation of ideas. A lecturer returning from graduate studies brings forms of practice, interpretations and innovation. Digital technologies underpin the newer forms of the creative industries – apps, digital marketing, but also new textiles, design and all those dependent on big data.

The traditional pathways from university to work are changing and we must ensure our graduates are equipped with the necessary skills and attributes to meet this challenge. Higher education is and should be global. We owe it to our students to help them become globally aware, confident, cross-culturally adroit –global citizens. But we also owe it to them to prepare them for the new world of work.

Blog

23 Nov 2015

Guest Blog: In times of austerity, the case for investment in creativity is compelling

Following the publication of our research report Creative Futures: Ten steps to support the creative economy, Shirley Atkinson, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive at University of Sunderland considers the challenges facing the creative economy and argues that in times of austerity, the case for investment in creativity is compelling.

The world is changing rapidly. Traditional sources of influence and power are being redrawn. Society is challenged by economic crisis, environmental threats, and security concerns. Austerity and retraction seem the norm. Improvements in productivity and economic growth the new imperatives. Changes in technology, the onslaught of social media, the democratisation of knowledge, the growth of ‘virtual’ placeless business. All challenge the nature, structure and interactions of our communities and societies. It would be a wasted opportunity if we fail to acknowledge the contribution to our economy the creative sector brings.

Press release

23 Nov 2015

million+ report Creative Futures sets out strategy to support the creative industries

A new report Creative Futures: Ten Steps to Support the Creative Economy published today (23 November) by the university-think-tank million+ argues that the government needs to adopt a clear strategy to support the UK’s creative industries and universities in the next decade. The report will be launched in the House of Commons at a reception hosted by Chris White MP who is a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee.

Press release

19 Nov 2015

million+ comments on the Nurse Review

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of Ensuring a successful UK research endeavour, the report from the Nurse Review of UK Research Councils.

In the news

04 Nov 2015

The Princess Royal to open new University of the Highlands and Islands building

The Princess Royal, Chancellor of the University of the Highlands and Islands, will officially open Inverness College, UHI’s new building on Tuesday 17 November.

In the news

30 Oct 2015

North East universities and businesses to celebrate local entrepreneurs

Young entrepreneurs from the University of Sunderland will join forces with the region’s business community next month to celebrate enterprise at GENESIS 2015.

Press release

21 Oct 2015

million+ comment on MPs’ debate on science and the spending review

Ahead of a short debate in Westminster Hall today (21 Oct 2015) called by Conservative MP Stuart Andrew to discuss science and the 2015 Spending Review million+ calls on the government to increase investment in science and create a new stream of funding for translational research.

Press release

19 Oct 2015

million+ calls on SNP to engage with modern universities at Holyrood and Westminster

In speeches at a million+ and NUS fringe at the Scottish National Party Conference in Aberdeen, Professor Andrea Nolan, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University and Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University, called on SNP MSPs and MPs to engage with modern universities and to challenge the impact of immigration policy on international students.

Press release

01 Oct 2015

million+ comments on employment outcomes report

The university think tank million+ has commented on a report published today (1 October) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the destinations of students who graduated in the 2008 recession.

In the news

29 Sep 2015

Times Higher Education: million+ chair argues for the Labour Party to look beyond fees

Coverage by John Morgan, Times Higher Education, on our fringe event held yesterday at Labour Party Conference.

In the news

22 Sep 2015

Joint launch of China Centre and maritime research project at Southampton Solent

Representatives from the Chinese Embassy and maritime industry attended the joint launch of Southampton Solent University’s China Centre Maritime (CCM) and the Gender, Empowerment and Multicultural Crews Project (GEM) at an event at the International Maritime Organisation in London.

Blog

14 Sep 2015

CEO Blog: Does BIS have a role in the refugee crisis?

Social media campaigns to raise funds, offers to host families, volunteers using their own transport to drive refugees from border crossings - all these and countless other acts have proved that ordinary people have been well ahead of politicians in their response to the refugee crisis. The Prime Minister has committed the UK to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees.

Questions now need to be asked about the role of other departments including the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in supporting the Prime Minister’s initiative. This is an opportunity for BIS as well as the Department for Education. BIS could set up a task group with universities to explore what more could be done. While this could focus on the 20,000 refugees who will enter the country under the government's expanded scheme, there are strong arguments that such a taskforce should address wider issues of principle and practice

In the news

09 Sep 2015

University of Sunderland receives chartered status for forensic science

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences has awarded chartered status to two of the University of Sunderlands’s BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics courses making Sunderland the second university in the UK to receive this status.

Press release

08 Sep 2015

million+ comments on graduate labour market statistics

Official statistics on the graduate and postgraduate labour market in England published today (8 September) show high employment rates and salaries for graduates compared to non-graduates.

In the news

19 Aug 2015

University of Sunderland receives Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom has awarded a Quality Badge to University of Sunderland recognising quality teaching and effective risk management.

In the news

19 Aug 2015

Innovative shopping app developed with support from Anglia Ruskin University

Marketing academics and students from Anglia Ruskin University have joined forces with a local entrepreneur to create a promotional app for local independent retailers.

In the news

13 Aug 2015

BBC news: Students will have to keep calm and think about what is the right course for them

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ has today been quoted on BBC news online reflecting on the removal of the cap on student numbers and the possible impact it might have on this year's clearing process.

Press release

22 Jul 2015

million+ responds to the government’s announcement to reduce investment in teaching

million+ responds to the government’s announcement to reduce investment in teaching, calling for the Student Opportunity Allocation to be protected in future spending reviews

Blog

10 Jul 2015

CEO Blog: Student loans - are the halcyon days behind us?

Martin Lewis is apparently on the rampage about the proposal to freeze the threshold at which graduates have to start repaying their loans. In the general scheme of the announcements in the Summer budget this may not be the highest priority.

After all part-time students have to start repaying when they are still studying. It is disappointing that nothing further was said in the budget about supporting part-time and flexible study routes. These are surely the key to higher qualifications and improved skills for those already in the workforce and deserve more attention as the government rolls out its  productivity plan.

Press release

01 Jul 2015

million+ welcomes new Government focus on importance of teaching in universities

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed a major speech by Jo Johnson MP, Minister for Universities and Science in which he focused on the importance of teaching.

Press release

30 Jun 2015

million+ calls for Chancellor to invest in research to support regional growth

million+ has called on the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to include a new fund for translational research in his 8 July Summer Budget as part of a plan to improve productivity and address imbalances in regional growth.

Press release

29 Jun 2015

million+ comments on HEFCE consultation on quality assessment

Commenting on the HEFCE consultation on quality assessment million+ has emphasised the importance of the independent external quality assurance system.

Press release

25 Jun 2015

million+ calls for UK government to review post-study work routes for international students

Commenting on new research published by Hepi and the Higher Education Academy which highlights the benefits that international students bring to the student experience in the UK, the university think-tank million+ has called on the government to support the UK’s role in international higher education by reviewing the regulations that apply to post-study work.

Press release

24 Jun 2015

million+ calls for new fund for translational research

Responding to a debate in Westminster Hall on Science and Research in the UK and regional economies and following a report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills today (24 June) on public research and innovation expenditure million+ has called for Government to introduce a new research funding stream specifically for translational research.

In the news

08 Jun 2015

University films bring domestic violence closer to home

Undergraduates at Sunderland University have formed an innovative and unique collaboration with Northumbria Police to help promote awareness of domestic violence in the region.

Blog

02 Jun 2015

CEO Blog: Queen’s Speech: what’s in it for universities?

With the golden coach stored away, the Queen again back in Windsor and Ministers intent on highlighting key Conservative manifesto commitments, it is hardly a surprise that a Higher Education Bill did not make it into the Queen’s Speech and the government’s immediate post-election legislative programme. However, universities are not totally out of the legislative frame and our Chief Executive reviews the potential impact of the Queen's Speech on universities UK-wide.

Press release

12 May 2015

million+ welcomes new BIS ministerial team

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the appointment of new Ministers in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the opportunity for a more cohesive government approach that the election of a majority conservative government will provide.

In the news

10 Apr 2015

BAFTA win for innovative Abertay University games designers

A team of Abertay University students have won a British Academy Scotland New Talent Award for the Best Game. Knocking out another Abertay student team, the award-winning group Five Pixels won the prize for their game Seek.

In the news

08 Apr 2015

Abertay University students shortlisted for prestigious BAFTA award

Two talented teams of Abertay University students have been shortlisted for the games category at the British Academy Scotland New Talent Awards 2015. The BAFTA winner will be announced at a lavish awards ceremony held in Glasgow on Thursday (9 April).

Press release

26 Mar 2015

million+ comments on allocation of research funding

Following the publication of research funding allocations to universities in England by the Higher Education Funding Council, HEFCE, the university think-tank has said that the allocations confirm the strength of research in modern universities and called on governments north and south of the border to invest in research infrastructure across the sector and translational research which supports growth and innovation

Press release

18 Mar 2015

million+ comments on budget announcement

The university think-tank million+ has responded to the budget statement today (18 March) from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP.

In the news

16 Mar 2015

Staffordshire University Vice-Chancellor and academics help launch million+ manifestos

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of million+ and academics from Staffordshire University attended the launches of our manifestos for Health Education and Teacher Education. All played a prominent role in getting politicians to sit up and take note of pressing issues around education and training in both sectors. Prof Gunn and representatives from the university met with MPs and colleagues form other universities.

Press release

11 Mar 2015

million+ launches manifesto for health education

The university think-tank million+ has published ‘A Manifesto for Health Education’ (11 March). It calls on all political parties to recognise the role of universities in health and social care education and says that the next government will have to significantly increase investment in education, professional development and research in order to improve patient care and integrate health and social care services. The manifesto also points out that the NHS and Social Care Act has led to greater fragmentation in the delivery of health education in England and that Trusts are increasing their use of agency staff and recruiting overseas to address staff shortages.

Press release

10 Mar 2015

million+ launches manifesto for teacher education

The university think-tank million+ has published ‘A Manifesto for Teacher Education’ today (10 March). This calls for the next government to put universities at the heart of the teacher education system and sets out a new plan to secure future teacher supply in England. Since 2011 the Department for Education has abolished the requirement for teachers to be qualified and transferred initial teacher training places from universities to schools. The million+ manifesto points out that these reforms stand in ‘sharp contrast’ to the approach adopted in many high performing countries where teachers are highly qualified and universities are central to initial teacher training and professional development.

Press release

02 Mar 2015

million+ comments on Parliamentary report on productivity and small firms

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Small Business Group which conducted an inquiry into productivity and small firms. The think-tank submitted evidence to the inquiry and Pam Tatlow, the Chief Executive of million+, appeared before MPs to answer questions.

In the news

27 Feb 2015

Times Higher Education profile Edinburgh Napier University on its student employability scheme

Edinburgh Napier University have been acknowledged for its commitment to offer and encourage students to take on paid work and in future may be offered academic credit for their efforts. The roles that are available via the university to boost graduates’ CVs and include opportunities in market research, graphic design and product development.

Press release

24 Feb 2015

million+ responds to Public Accounts Committee report on funding support for students at alternative higher education providers

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ responds to the publication of the report which focuses on control over funding for alternative higher education bodies.

Blog

17 Feb 2015

The HE Debate: Where next for...research?

In the run up to May's general election we have sought views from experts in their fields on key areas that will affect higher education in the future. In this article Professor Nora Ann Colton, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), UEL focuses on research and explores its sustainability, unbalanced research funding and knowledge economy.

Press release

12 Feb 2015

million+ comments on Universities UK report on higher education regulation in England

The university think-tank million+ has commented on the report published today (12 February) by Universities UK on the regulation of higher education in England. The report ‘Quality, equity, sustainability: the future of higher education regulation’ argues the current system of regulation is outdated and reform is needed in order to protect the UK’s reputation for quality.

Blog

10 Feb 2015

The HE Debate: Where next for...a graduate tax?

In the run up to the general election in May we have sought views from experts in their fields on key areas that will affect higher education in the future. In this article Baroness Margaret Sharp of Guildford looks at the concept of a graduate tax being introduced. Baroness Sharp also talks about the feasibility in light of modelling work undertaken by million+ and London Economics.

In the news

06 Feb 2015

Let’s debate higher education honestly

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ has responded to a Guardian editorial (The Guardian view on tuition fees: Labour may pay the price, 3 February) and asks for a more honest debate on how HE funding is delivered in the UK and highlights all political parties still have questions to answer.

Blog

04 Feb 2015

The HE Debate: Where next for...funding?

In the run up to the general election in May we have sought views from experts in their fields on key areas that will affect higher education in the future. In this article Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ looks at what issues there are with funding within the sector for individuals and institutions alike. Pam also talks about deregulation of student numbers and concentration of research funding and their impacts on the economy.

Press release

30 Jan 2015

million+ responds to 2015-16 HEFCE Annual Grant Letter

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of million+ responds to the publication of the Annual Grant letter from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) which sets out details of the government’s grant to the Higher Education Funding Council for England for the 2015-16 year.
 

Blog

20 Jan 2015

The HE Debate: Where next for...internationalisation?

In the run up to the general election in May 2015 we have sought views from experts in their fields on key areas that will effect higher education in the future. In this article Professor Robin Middlehurst, Professor of Higher Education, Kingston University explores internationalisation, its benefits and impact on higher education in the UK.

Press release

19 Jan 2015

million+ comments on government Carter Review of initial teacher training

The university think-tank million+ has commented on the government’s response to the Carter review of initial teacher training published by the Department for Education today (19 January). The Review and its Chairman, Andrew Carter, the head of a primary school in Surrey, were commissioned by the former Education Secretary, Michael Gove.

In the news

14 Jan 2015

Abertay University create world's first ever feather fingerprint technology to help tackle wildlife crime

Forensic scientists at Abertay University have identified the most efficient way of recovering fingerprints from the feathers and eggs of birds of prey, publishing the world’s first academic research paper on the subject. The research will be used to identify fingerprints in cases of wildlife crime and will provide vital evidence in solving incidents.

Blog

13 Jan 2015

The HE Debate: Where next for...anchor universities?

In the run up to the general election in May 2015 we have sought views from experts in their fields on key areas that will effect higher education in the future. In this article Shirley Atkinson, Interim Vice-Chancellor focuses on the role of anchor universities and how more value must be placed on how individual institutions deliver impact and value to students and communities, as well as local, regional and national economies.

Blog

06 Jan 2015

The HE Debate: Where next for...high level skills?

In the run up to the general election in May 2015 we have sought views from experts in their fields on key areas that will effect higher education in the future. In this article Neil Carberry, Director of employment and skills, CBI looks at what issues business and university partnerships face and the impact on the economy if we fail to develop the high level skills required for a future workforce.

In the news

18 Dec 2014

Vice-Chancellor of University of Cumbria blogs for Conversation UK on REF and research funding

Professor Peter Strike, Vice-Chancellor, University of Cumbria has written a blog for Conversation UK detailing how a different approach to funding research in the UK can ensure important work does not get left behind. Prof Strike clearly breaks down the key areas of focus for changing the research funding landscape and he addresses regional imbalance of funding as well as its hyper-concentration.

Press release

18 Dec 2014

million+ comments on announcement of Research Excellence Framework 2014 results

Following the publication of the results of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 across UK institutions today (December 17), the university think-tank million+ has responded. Funding allocation is set to be revealed in spring 2015.

Press release

17 Dec 2014

million+ comments on government Science and Innovation strategy

The university think-tank, million+, cautiously welcomes the Government’s Science and Innovation Strategy published today (12 Dec). The Strategy ‘Our plan for growth: science and innovation’ was published alongside an evidence paper and response to the recent consultation on long-term capital investment in science and research.

In the news

16 Dec 2014

Unfinished Business: Universities and the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ analyses the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: what its purpose is, the role of universities and its implications and impact on the sector. million+ has published a couple of briefings on the detail of the bill, one prior to second reading and one for committee stage, with further detailed comments on the proposals.

In the news

16 Dec 2014

Partnership between Abertay University, innovators and food industry helps stop businesses from breaking new law

Abertay University has teamed up with a local business through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) to develop technology that will impact tens of thousands of food businesses across the country. Innovative technology beign developed through the KTP will reduce food waste entering drainage systems.

Press release

09 Dec 2014

million+ comments on HEFCE review on quality-related funding

The university think-tank million+ has commented on HEFCE's review on quality-related research funding ahead of the REF 2014 announcement. million+  call for ministers to address the hyper-concentration of research funding in universities following the REF results.

In the news

04 Dec 2014

University of Cumbria Vice-Chancellor discusses the impact of declining teacher training numbers on schools

Professor Peter Strike, Vice-Chancellor of University of Cumbria features in a Times Higher Education article that explores how a loss in teacher training numbers under the government scheme School Direct  is hurting schools. Professor Strike also estimates that government changes to allocations have cost his instituion  £2.1m in income and risks affecting others also.

Press release

01 Dec 2014

million+ comments on government strategy for Science and Innovation

million+ has welcomed calls for the strengths of universities across the UK to be recognised and utilised in the Government’s forthcoming Science and Innovation Strategy.

In the news

27 Nov 2014

Anglia Ruskin University Vice-Chancellor strengthens partnership links with South Asia

Professor Michael Thorne, Vice-Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University features in a Hindustan Times article stating there is an extensive scope for higher education in India while discussing their partnership.

Press release

27 Nov 2014

million+ comment on HEFCE report on transnational education in the UK

million+ welcomes the report from the Higher Education Funding Council for England on transnational education and argues that it is in the long-term interests of the UK that transnational education has the support of all government departments.

In the news

21 Nov 2014

London South Bank University Vice-Chancellor calls for Government to recognise Employer-sponsored Education

Professor Dave Phoenix, Vice-Chancellor of London South Bank University has written an article for the Huffington Post detailing why Government needs to take notice of employer-sponsored education ahead of the general election.

Press release

18 Nov 2014

million+ comments on Higher Education Commission report on future HE funding in England

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of a report by the Higher Education Commission  titled ‘Too good to fail: the sustainability of higher education in England’. The report sets out six options for funding universities in the future and makes recommendations about research funding.

In the news

06 Nov 2014

Times Higher Education feature Anglia Ruskin University in their Campus Close-Up series

Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University have created a new database at the Veterans and Families Institute will improve access to the research done on soldiers adjusting to life after service. The online database will bring together UK and international literature as well as research resources on military veterans and their families.

Blog

04 Nov 2014

Guest Blog: The Innovation Challenge – London Metropolitan University and the Child & Women's Abuse Studies Unit

Following the publication of our research report 'The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding', we hear from Catherine Lee, Head of Research and Postgraduate Office at London Metropolitan University. Research undertaken in their Child and Woman Abuse Centre (CWASU) has developed policy and made a positive impact on lives affected by abuse. We want to highlight the great research being undertaken in all universities and are calling for excellent research to be funded wherever it is found.

In the news

30 Oct 2014

University of Sunderland researchers become first ever UK recipients of a national pharmacy grant

A research team from the University of Sunderland have won a pharmacy research grant to work with leading pharmacy organisations on a 12 month project into the use of unlicensed medicines in the NHS.

In the news

27 Oct 2014

Academies Week Expert Column by million+ CEO on the value of university-led teacher training provision

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ analyses plans by Government to transfer 17,000 teacher training places away from universities to the School Direct programme stating the change has all the makings of a crisis in future teacher supply. Pam also explores the repercussions such a change could have on the sector and trainees also.

In the news

27 Oct 2014

University of West London Director of Research appointed as President of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS)

Heather Loveday, Director of Research at the College of Nursing, Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London was appointed as President of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) after joining the organisation in 1998.

Press release

23 Oct 2014

million+ condemns university privatisation plans

The university think-tank million+ have condemned recommendations from the Institute of Economic Affairs to remove state funding from student loans which would lead to privatising universities and a significant disadvantage to students.

Press release

22 Oct 2014

million+ comment on City Growth Commission report on growth in the UK

The university think-tank million+ has commented on the report by RSA’s City Growth Commission which explores how cities can create stronger, more inclusive and sustainable growth in the UK.

Press release

20 Oct 2014

million+ comments on the Confederation of British Industry's report on research and development

million+ welcome the Confederation of British Industry's call for Government to invest more in research and development (R&D) while pointing out Britain's industrial strategy would be stronger if a new stream of funding for translational research was introduced.

Press release

14 Oct 2014

million+ comments on NCTL allocations of teacher training places for 2015-16

The university think tank million+ respond to the government announcement of the allocation of teacher training places in England for the academic year 2015-16. The number of places avaliable to universites has decreased by 5% while other methods for recruiting teachers see an increase.

Press release

07 Oct 2014

million+ comment on HEFCE review of higher education quality assurance arrangements

The university think-tank million+ has responded to an announcement by HEFCE that it intends to review the approach to quality assurance in higher education in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and re-tender for the service currently provided by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).

Blog

07 Oct 2014

Guest Blog: The Innovation Challenge – Research that matters: Staffordshire University and AVA Technologies Ltd

Following the publication of our latest report The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding, we hear from Sandra Booth, Director of Enterprise and Commerical Development at Staffordshire University. Their research project AVA Tech has had great benefit and its findings have gone on to help make police investigations more time effective. We want to highlight the fantastic research being undertaken in all universities and are calling for excellent research to be funded wherever it is found.

Press release

06 Oct 2014

University leader calls for a sustainable funding system at Liberal Democrat Conference

In a speech to a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrat Party Conference on Monday 6 October in Glasgow university think tank, million+ called for the next UK government to support a sustainable higher education funding system. Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Abertay University and Executive Member presented some key asks to the next government.

Press release

26 Sep 2014

million+ responds to government announcement by Schools Minister proposing to increase bursaries for trainee teachers

million+ responds to the government announcement made my Schools Minister David Laws regarding increasing bursaries avaliable to trainee teachers.

Blog

26 Sep 2014

National Centre for Universities and Businesses blog by million+ Chair on The Innovation Challenge

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor, Staffordshire University and Chair, million+ discusses the current state of research funding in the UK and elaborates on topics in our latest report.

In the news

25 Sep 2014

Growth by Research: the benefits of research funding in universities

Following the publication of our report The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding we showcase case studies on university research making an impact on society and the economy.
 

Press release

22 Sep 2014

University leader sets out key ‘asks’ at Labour Party Conference 2014

In a speech delivered at a million+ and NUS co-hosted fringe at Labour Party Conference 2014, Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and chair of the university think-tank million+, will call for an assurance that Labour will restore direct funding to universities if the Party promises to lower fees. In his speech Professor Gunn reaffirms the long-term benefits of investing in higher education far outweigh the short-term costs and points out that taxpayers get on average an 11 per cent return for every £1 the government spends on the sector.

Blog

16 Sep 2014

Guest Blog: The Innovation Challenge – The impact of a good tune - forensic musicology at Bath Spa University

To mark the launch of our latest report The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding, we hear from Prof Joe Bennett who is Dean of the School of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. The research has helped to identify the originality thresholds in popular song, and developed new methods for collaborative song writing. We want to highlight the fantastic research being undertaken in all universities and are calling for excellent research to be funded wherever it is found.

Blog

11 Sep 2014

Chair's Blog: It's time to open up the debate on research funding in the UK

Research funding in the UK has seen several changes under government policies which have led to a narrow distribution and an inconsistent impact on regional growth. Professor Michael Gunn discusses levels of UK investment in research and development and the impact of hyper-concentration on universities, students and the economy - ahead of the next General Election.

Press release

11 Sep 2014

“The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding” – latest report from million+

In their latest report the university think-tank million+ says that the government must increase taxpayer investment in research and development to match that of the UK’s competitors. However, the think-tank warns that access to research funding risks becoming a ‘closed shop’ as a result of government policies directing increasing resources to fewer universities. The report calls for the next government to fund research capacity in all universities and create a new stream of funding for translational research in order to support innovation, address imbalances in regional growth and ensure that students have access to research-informed teaching and facilities wherever they study.

Blog

09 Sep 2014

Guest Blog: The Innovation Challenge - Anglia Ruskin total hip replacement

To mark the launch of our upcoming report The Innovation Challenge: A new approach to research funding, we hear from Dr Rajshree Mootanah, Director of the Medical Engineering Research Group at Anglia Ruskin University. The research has had significant economic benefit and its findings have gone on to influence hip replacement surgery across England. We want to highlight the fantastic research being undertaken in all universities and are calling for excellent research to be funded wherever it is found.

Press release

28 Aug 2014

million+ welcomes contribution to higher education policy debate

million+ responds to the Labour Party’s publication “Robbins Rebooted: How We Earn Our Way in the Second Machine Age,” million+ noting that the majority of today’s students already have a vocational qualification when they start university.

Press release

13 Aug 2014

million+ comments ahead of A-Level Results day

million+ comments ahead of A-level results day and encourages people to keep their options open due to Government changes making results less predictable than previously.

In the news

12 Aug 2014

million+ supports NUS campaign to save AS level qualification

We believe that decoupling the AS level from the A level, creating a standalone qualification which will not contribute to an A level grade, will be detrimental to many students wanting to progress through post-16 study. We are calling for a full reversal of the decoupling of the AS and A level, allowing students to take an AS level as part of their full A level qualification.

Blog

12 Aug 2014

CEO Blog: England at risk of adopting a 'back to the future' system with A Levels

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ responds to recent reports of the Labour Party 'vowing to overturn A Level reforms'. She argues that it is hard to see how the former Education Secretary’s reforms will be positive and discusses the impacts on students, schools, universities and employers.

Press release

07 Aug 2014

million+ comments on new HEPI report which analyses the impact of removing student number controls in Australia

million+ questions the sustainablity of deregulation in the UK.

Press release

29 Jul 2014

million+ responds to the new immigration measures announced today in a joint statement from the Prime Minister and Home Office

In a joint statement from No 10 the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have announced that with effect from November the institutional visa refusal rate to CAS will be cut to 10% from the current 20% rate. million+ questions the evidence for this decision and the impact on UK HE overseas.

In the news

23 Jul 2014

Welcoming international students to the UK

million+ are supporting a petition led by the independent Think Tank Bright Blue to remove international students from net migration targets.

In the news

16 Jul 2014

BBC News - Greg Clark universities minister as Willetts steps down

BBC News - Greg Clark universities minister as Willetts steps down

Press release

15 Jul 2014

million+ welcomes the appointment of Greg Clark MP as Universities and Science Minister

We welcome the appointment of Greg Clark as Universities and Science Minister. His retention of the cities brief and attendance at Cabinet will help ensure that the role of universities in boosting regional growth remains centre stage. He faces a number of early challenges: negotiating a sustainable funding settlement for teaching and research that encourages particpation; defending international students; and supporting universities in their role of delivering a high quality professional workforce in teacher, social work and healthcare education.

In the news

15 Jul 2014

million+ comment on David Willetts' resignation

It is unusual for Ministers tasked with introducing highly controversial reforms to be remembered fondly but David Willetts ticked the boxes in terms of integrity and as a result won respect even among those who were strongly opposed to the government's policies.

Press release

08 Jul 2014

million+ responds to Ed Miliband’s speech on technical degrees

million+ responds to the speech by Ed Miliband on 8 July announcing that a Labour Government would promote more technical degrees. The next government, whatever its colour, should build on the work that universities are already doing to deliver professionally and technically focused courses.

Press release

01 Jul 2014

million+ comments on the report from Lord Adonis

million+ welcomes the publication of Lord Adonis’s report Mending the Fractured Economy: Smarter state, better jobs. It reflects in its references to the smarter state and its ambitions the agenda that million+ set out in Smarter Regions Smarter Britain when we made clear that government had a responsibility to address the inequities in regional growth

Press release

12 Jun 2014

million+ responds to latest figures on university-business collaboration

Data released today (Thursday) on the interactions between universities and business shows the significant value placed on the knowledge and expertise of the UK’s publicly-funded universities. The Higher Education – Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey published by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) reveals that the total knowledge exchange investment has risen by five per cent: from £3.4 billion in 2011-12 to £3.6 billion in 2012-13.

In the news

23 May 2014

Educational play revealed at Abertay Digital Graduate Show

The hidden educational benefits of free-to-play computer games will be revealed in a student project at the Abertay Digital Graduate Show, which opened Friday 23 May.

Blog

16 May 2014

Guest Blog: London Met’s role in Tech City given thumbs up from Down Under

Jonathan Woodhead from London Met tells us more about hosting Malcolm Turnbull MP, the Australian Minister for Communications at its Accelerator building in Tech City recently.

Press release

15 May 2014

Vice-Chancellor calls for new vision for higher education funding

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the university think-tank million+, has called for politicians and Vice-Chancellors to argue for 'a new vision for funding higher education and research'.

In the news

08 May 2014

Australian Communications Minister talks business during visit to London Met

London Metropolitan University's specialist business incubator, Accelerator, hosted a round-table event for the Australian Minister for Communications, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP.

In the news

02 May 2014

BBC coverage: Teacher-training courses under review

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ was quoted today (02 May) in a BBC article following an annoucement by the Secretary of State for Education that a review into Teacher Training Courses is to be undertaken.

Press release

01 May 2014

million+ responds to announcement of Initial Teacher Training review

million+ has responded to an announcement by Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, that he has invited Andrew Carter, the head of a teaching school and a member of the Teaching Schools Council to review initial teacher training courses.

Blog

10 Apr 2014

Guest Blog: Smarter Regions - Anglia Ruskin University's MedTech campus puts Essex at the centre of health innovation

One of the world’s largest health innovation spaces could be created in Essex thanks to the Anglia Ruskin MedTech Campus which is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University and its Postgraduate Medical Institute, Chelmsford City Council, Harlow District Council and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Blog

04 Apr 2014

Guest Blog: Smarter Regions - Collaborative Initiatives at London Metropolitan University

Knowledge exchange and applied research is enabling drivers and firms to adapt to the innovative clean-air technology of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), and to communicate the benefits to mainstream markets more effectively. The creative industries team at the Faculty of Business & Law, London Metropolitan University are in collaboration with business and local authority partners to supports the government’s drive to stimulate ‘green growth’.

In the news

03 Apr 2014

Local MP support for million+ manifesto for the regions reported in Grimsby Telegraph

Our new report sets out ways in which the regions could share a greater proportion of the nation's economic impact outside London and the South East. Parliamentary Correspondent Caroline Wheeler from the Grimsby Telegraph talks to the area's MPs about the million+ manifesto that adopts a new approach to tackling regional imbalances through universities.

Press release

03 Apr 2014

million+ economic impact of universities should be backed by a regional manifesto

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+ has commented on Universities UK's latest study on the impact of the higher education sector on the UK economy.

Press release

02 Apr 2014

million+ calls for the Prime Minister to steer government away from policies damaging international student recruitment

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of the university think-tank million+, has called for the Prime Minister to take personal charge of the Government’s policy for international students following the publication of a report from the Higher Education Funding Council in England which confirms the first drop in the number of international students studying in the UK for 29 years. 

In the news

01 Apr 2014

Business leaders in the North East welcome million+ report on regional growth

Business leaders in the North East have welcomed our new report Smarter Regions Smarter Britain which puts pressure on the government to tackle the regional imbalances in the economy. As reported in The Journal last week, our report revealed North East graduates contribute £1.4bn to the regional economy.

In the news

28 Mar 2014

Politics Home feature blog by million+ chief executive on new regional growth report

The publication of the new million+ report Smarter Regions Smarter Britain: Boosting regional growth through universities is the start of a campaign to ensure that the benefits of the economic recovery are more equally shared to create a smarter and fairer Britain. Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ discusses the manifesto for the regions as a guest blogger on Politics Home.

In the news

27 Mar 2014

million+ response quoted in the Guardian on HEFCE funding allocations for 2014-15

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ has commented in the Guardian on the funding allocations announced by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) for the 2014-15 academic year. A combination of lower funding from government and a requirement to protect research budgets means the cuts will come in the provision of teaching.

Press release

27 Mar 2014

Manifesto for regional growth calls on Ministers to place universities centre-stage

In a new report, Smarter Regions Smarter Britain, the university think-tank million+ has set out a manifesto to tackle the sharp variations in regional growth in the UK. Using new economic modelling the report identifies the economic benefits arising from graduates who study and then work in the regions and points out that this supply of well-qualified people brings positive spill-over effects for local economies and employers.

Blog

26 Mar 2014

Guest Blog: Smarter Regions - Bath Spa University's Design Buddy Scheme

Bath Spa University has many regional links and partnerships with local businesses which have developed and flourished over a number of years. The ethos at Bath Spa of ensuring degree programmes reflect the needs of business and industry means graduates are entering the world of work well equipped, experienced and ready for the challenges of a professional organisation. One partnership programme that has proved very successful is the Design Buddy mentoring scheme.

Blog

24 Mar 2014

Guest Blog: Smarter Regions - Cumbria University's Knowledge Action Network

The Knowledge Action Network is making a difference to SMEs not only in Cumbria, but all across the North West region. The programme focuses on supporting SMEs from the wider business community that have an interest in the renewable energy and technology sector as well as the creative and digital. It aims to create a peer-to-peer support base between SMEs to stimulate creative thinking and innovative practices.

Blog

23 Mar 2014

Guest Blog: Smarter Regions - Staffordshire University goes BIG on transforming the economy within the region

Bringing Innovation and Growth (BIG) is a dynamic group representing applied research, business support services, graduate recruitment and entrepreneurship. BIG is a new and innovative model of how local universities can collaborate with business membership organisations to accelerate strategic relationships and effectively target relevant support to businesses within the West Midlands region.

Blog

22 Mar 2014

Guest Blog: Smarter Regions - University of Sunderland's SME Internships scheme

Having the right people with the right skills at the right time is crucial to businesses who want to innovate and grow. SMEs find this much harder than large companies with HR structures in place to organise graduate recruitment schemes. The University of Sunderland runs a highly successful SME Internships scheme that offers graduates structured 6-month positions at roughly the average graduate starting salary for the North East. David Donkin, Assistant Director of Business Services tell us more.

Blog

21 Mar 2014

Guest Blog: Smarter Regions - Canterbury Christ Church University collaborates with third sector organisation

In the run up to the launch of the next million+ report focusing on how universities can boost regional growth, Canterbury Christ Church University tells us more about their successful partnership with a local third sector organisation. The partnership enabled the charity to develop a sustainable business model without reliance on grant funding and is an excellent example of how successful university-business collaboration can be in the regions.

Press release

19 Mar 2014

million+ responds to budget announcement

The university think-tank million+ has responded to the 2014 Budget statement of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

Press release

14 Mar 2014

million+ comment after university funding drops by 9 per cent

The university think-tank million+ has said that once the lifting of the student numbers cap, announced by George Osborne, the Chancellor of Exchequer, in his Autumn Statement, is taken into account higher education in England will be cut in real terms by 9% by the time of the 2015 election. This follows the publication of a letter from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which outlines details as to how the Funding Council will distribute government funding to universities in the 2014-15 academic year.

In the news

14 Mar 2014

Student game developers win BAFTA after taking part in a games design contest at Abertay University

Student game developers DOS Studios won a BAFTA Ones to Watch Award last night at the British Academy Games Awards, having been nominated through Dare to be Digital. The eight-week student game design contest is held each summer for undergraduates at universities and colleges of art and is run by Abertay University in Dundee.

In the news

12 Mar 2014

London Economics: Higher Education fees and funding reforms in England

What is the value of the RAB charge on student loans for the Treasury to break even?

In the news

10 Mar 2014

Disney launches future internet games contest with Abertay University

In association with Abertay University, Disney and the Future Internet Consortium partners are launching The Future Internet Games Contest on 10 March, looking for experimental pervasive games that enable large groups of people to play together in the real world.

Blog

07 Mar 2014

Guest Blog: VC of Abertay University reflects on immigration debate at Guardian University Forum

"The UK is one of the most popular destinations for internationally mobile students, second only to the US. How is our immigration policy impacting university recruitment, both of students and world class researchers?" Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Abertay University, was recently asked to discuss these issues surrounding immigration and international students at the Guardian University Forum.

In the news

21 Feb 2014

PlayStation lab opens at Abertay University

Europe’s largest teaching laboratory of Sony PlayStation consoles has opened at Abertay University in Dundee, with students being provided with open access to 30 new PlayStation Vita development kits.

In the news

20 Feb 2014

Creative Front Futures event at Anglia Ruskin University

"Careers advisers and teachers need more support and training to enable them to open young people’s minds to the many exciting career paths available in the creative industries", according to Wayne Hemingway, guest of honour at the forthcoming Creative Front Futures. The event is one in a series of Creative Front Cambridgeshire initiatives led by Anglia Ruskin University.

Blog

17 Feb 2014

CEO Blog: Time to review England’s leaky higher education funding ship?

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) are right to question the metrics used by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to calculate the percentage of the student loan book that will be written-off. The department’s 2010 analysis initially ignored the fact that more women than men currently study for a degree. Little wonder then that, as million+ predicted, the Government’s original estimate of the RAB charge (the loans that will never be recovered) proved wide of the mark...

Blog

13 Jan 2014

Chair's Blog: Academic vs Vocational - Why should students be forced to make this choice?

With the skills agenda at the heart of many recent education debates, there has been an increasing tendency to present prospective students with only two options – academic or vocational. Study at university if you’re academic, or if you want vocational skills, do an apprenticeship instead. But why are students being made to choose between the two as if it has to be one or the other?

In the news

04 Dec 2013

'The right degree is always worth it' - David Ellis discusses the value of university education

David Ellis' article in The Telegraph illustrates brilliantly why university education is so valuable for both the individual and for the economy. He references a 2013 report by million+ 'What's the value of a UK degree?' and emphasises that students are wise enough to make their own educational choices, which as a society we should therefore be encouraging rather than questioning.

In the news

28 Nov 2013

Abertay University and V&A to research Video Games in the Museum

A new research network will see Abertay University and the V&A working with international partners to discover new ways of displaying game design in museums.

Press release

25 Nov 2013

million+: Loan book sale must be reinvested in higher education

Following the announcement that Erudio Student Loans has agreed to pay government £160 million for a part of the Student Loans book, million+ have drawn attention to how the money raised should be spent, emphasising the importance of re-investment in higher education.

In the news

22 Nov 2013

University of Bedfordshire wins national prize for pioneering research into child sexual exploitation

The University of Bedfordshire has been awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its pioneering research into child sexual exploitation.

Blog

13 Nov 2013

Guest Blog: International students - an economic asset not a burden

Our guest blogger, Professor Peter McCaffery, Deputy Vice Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, discusses how the government’s agenda to limit net migration has implications for the wider social and economic benefits of international students studying in the UK.

Press release

31 Jul 2013

million+ comments on new CBI report

million+ welcome the publication of Tomorrow’s growth, new routes to higher-level skills, the CBI report which calls for vocationally-focused university and business-led courses and qualifications to be better promoted.

Press release

29 Jul 2013

million+ welcomes publication of BIS international education strategy

million+ welcomes the publication of International Education: Global Growth and Prosperity, the BIS international education strategy 

Press release

29 Jul 2013

million+ warns MPs of threat to future teacher supply

In evidence to the Education Select Committee the university think-tank million+ warns that the teacher training planning system in England has broken down, risking a teacher shortage in the future.

Press release

24 Jun 2013

million+ welcomes Education Select Committee Inquiry into School Direct

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the decision of MPs on the Education Select Committee to review recruitment to School Direct.

Blog

03 Jun 2013

CEO Blog: Universities - economic powerhouses that support communities

Universities have become replacement economic powerhouses essential to the micro economic climate of their towns, cities and regions. These figures and impacts are too often missed when we discuss higher education policy with its focus on the burden of cost to the individual student or the taxpayer. Investing in higher education is about so much more than the student experience or the professorial job. It is about recognising the much wider role of universities in communities, cities and regions. Will the Cabinet Office and the Treasury remember this when they are considering which budgets to cut in the 2015-16 Spending Review?

Press release

23 May 2013

Higher Education Funding in England - Do the alternatives add-up ?

Amid questions about the sustainability of the Coalition Government’s reforms to higher education funding in England, a new report from the university think-tank million+ and London Economics, reviews the costs and benefits of two alternative funding proposals that have been put forward.

Press release

15 May 2013

million+ comments on the HEPI and Which? report on the academic experience of students at English universities 2013

million+ comments on the HEPI and Which? report on the academic experience of students at English universities 2013

In the news

06 Mar 2013

Breaking with Tradition in THE

Times Higher Education report of million+'s new publication, Breaking with Tradition: Universities@21, marking 21 years of modern universities.

Press release

28 Feb 2013

Universities share dismay of MPs at Government approach to overseas students

million+ comments on the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Select Committee’s report, “Too little, too late”, which is published on 28 February 2013. Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ says: “The dismay of MPs on the BIS Committee at the Government’s response to their Committee’s report on overseas students and net migration will be widely shared by universities."

Blog

21 Feb 2013

CEO blog: Does Osborne's higher education promise to taxpayers stack up?

Blog by CE Pam Tatlow shows economic costs of higher fees outweigh short-term savings.

In the news

20 Feb 2013

Pam Tatlow blogs in the New Statesman on long-term high costs of current funding of HE

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ writes in the New Statesman about our latest report, 'Are the changes to higher education funding in England cost-effective?'. She argues that it is hard to see how the  Chancellor's promise to reduce considerably general taxpayers' contribution to higher education will stack up in the long-term.

Press release

18 Feb 2013

Economic cost of higher tuition fees almost 6.5 times greater than potential Treasury savings

The short-term economic benefits resulting from changes to higher education funding in England will be outweighed by the long-term costs of the system according to new figures published by university think tank million+ on Monday 18 February 2013. Overall, these longer term costs far outweigh the short run Treasury savings - by approximately 6.5 times.

Press release

07 Feb 2013

million+ comments on HEFCE funding letter 2013-14 which reveals ‘loss’ of graduates and investment in higher education

In a letter to Vice-Chancellors published today (7 February) the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce) has written to Vice-Chancellors outlining how it intends to fund universities in 2013-14. The university think-tank million+ has said that the rapid transition in funding regimes revealed by the letter illustrates the extent to which universities are being required to manage ‘a revolution’ in funding but that the downturn in the number of full-time students and the significant fall in the number of part-time students will mean that the Treasury will lose out as a result of these ‘lost’ graduates.

Press release

14 Jan 2013

million+ welcomes retention of student numbers as BIS Annual Letter recognises the potential for instability in English HEIs

The university think-tank, million+, has welcomed the decision to maintain the number of student places allocated to universities in England in 2013-14 which has been confirmed in the Annual Letter from Ministers in the Department of Business, Universities and Skills (BIS) to the Higher Education Funding Council (Hefce).

In the news

20 Nov 2012

million+ chair Patrick McGhee - students need real shared experiences

Patrick McGhee, Chair of million+ argues online courses can never fully capture the experiences of campus learning.

In the news

16 Nov 2012

Re-think needed on re-sits

Guardian publishes letter from million+ about our concerns with the rigid approach being taking to A levels and asks the Government to rethink the policy around January re-sits

Blog

15 Nov 2012

CEO Blog: Smell the coffee

What kind of 'level playing field' would be created if VAT exemption is granted to private higher education providers?

In the news

15 Nov 2012

Focus on selective universities is 'misplaced'

million+ quoted on BBC News in response to Sutton Trust and BIS report and says focus on so-called selective universities misses the point.

In the news

09 Nov 2012

Telegraph reports million+ concerns about A-level reforms and abolition of January re-sits

The Telegraph reports concerns raised by million+ about changes to A-levels and the abolition of January exam sittings

Press release

09 Nov 2012

million+ comment on Ofqual response to A-Level reform consultation

million+ comment on Ofqual response to A-Level reform consultation

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, comments on the Ofqual response to the A-level reform consultation.

In the news

06 Nov 2012

Research funding needs to be diversified

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+ is quoted in the Guardian as part of a debate on whether size matters for research. She says: "It is really serious that the Government is failing to track what's actually happening on doctoral training. It is not just a handful of universities who will produce the researchers of the future."

Blog

25 Oct 2012

CEO Blog: Bring out the tiaras

Our response to the Jewel in the Crowns report.

Press release

25 Oct 2012

Response to 'Jewels in the Crown' report about research in UK universities

million+ says, "The 'jewels in the crown' argument is entirely outdated", in response to new report from the Russell Group of universities.

In the news

26 Sep 2012

million+’s Chief Executive, Pam Tatlow argues for the brake to be put on A Level reforms

In an article for the Guardian (10 September) Pam Tatlow highlights widespread concerns with proposed A Level reforms.

Press release

06 Sep 2012

Overseas students and net migration: million+ calls on Government to address "fundamentally flawed process"

million+ comments on calls from MPs, in a report from the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) select committee, for overseas students to be removed from net migration figures.

Press release

04 Sep 2012

million+ questions government’s A-level reforms at parliamentary roundtable

The roundtable, What are A-levels for?, is being hosted by Graham Stuart MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee and will bring together representatives from schools, universities, the CBI, the Department for Education and exam boards as well as Ofqual.

Press release

30 Aug 2012

million+ response to UKBA’s decision on London Metropolitan University’s license to sponsor visas

million+, the university think-tank, has criticised the UK Borders Agency’s (UKBA) decision today to revoke London Metropolitan University’s ‘Highly Trusted Status’ for sponsoring international students. Current international students at the university will have 60 days to find another sponsor.

Press release

12 Jul 2012

million+ welcomes changes to government’s further education loans scheme

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the announcement by John Hayes MP, Minister for Skills and Lifelong Learning today (12 July) that students studying for Access to Higher Education qualifications will have their further education (FE) loans written off once they complete higher education (HE) studies.

Press release

03 Jul 2012

million+ welcomes Select Committee's call for wider university involvement in A-level reform

Pam Tatlow, million+ Chief Executive said that: “MPs have correctly identified the widespread concerns about the Education Department’s timetable and proposals for A-level reform which risk creating a two tier system.”

Press release

26 Jun 2012

million+ welcomes boost to university-business collaboration

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the Government’s response to the Wilson Review of University-Business collaboration.

Press release

19 Jun 2012

million+ welcomes Ofqual A-Level review, cautions against potential pitfalls

million+ has welcomed Ofqual’s recognition that A-Levels need to prepare students for further study at university, as well as aid progress to the workplace. However, a co-ordinating body would be necessary to achieve the level of involvement with all exam boards that is envisaged by Ofqual.

Press release

23 May 2012

million+ comment on MPs' report into health education and training

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed today’s report from the House of Commons Health Select Committee which concludes that there is “slender evidence” of Government progress in introducing the new education and training arrangements required as a result of the Coalition’s NHS and Social Care Act.

Press release

01 May 2012

MPs make clear important role of universities in training teachers

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed today’s report from the Education Select Committee into teaching training. MPs have backed the strong partnership model that currently exists between universities and schools.

Press release

03 Apr 2012

million+ comment on changes to A-levels

The university think-tank million+ has responded to the potential changes to A-Levels set out in a letter from the Education Secretary Michael Gove, to the exam regulator Ofqual. Pam Tatlow said: “A-level courses and qualifications must be fit for purpose for employers as well as all universities.

Press release

29 Mar 2012

Cuts in funding and places leave universities and students with no benefit from the 'market'

Commenting on today’s grant and student number allocations from Hefce, Professor Michael Driscoll, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University and interim chair of million+, said: “These allocations show the true extent of the Coalition’s reform of fees and funding and the cutback in the overall number of university places being funded.

Press release

27 Mar 2012

International students good for Britain and for business

Responding to a National Audit Office (NAO) report on the UK Border Agency’s introduction of point-based study routes published today, million+ has said that the report should not be used to deflect attention away from the problems being created by Home Office policies to restrict international student visas.

Press release

22 Mar 2012

million+ comment on House of Lords Higher Education in Europe report

Commenting on a report by the House of Lords Social Policies and Consumer Protection EU Sub-Committee The Modernisation of Higher Education, published today (Thursday), Pam Tatlow said: “We welcome the Committee’s recognition that higher education should be at the heart of the growth agenda both in Britain and the EU.

Press release

21 Mar 2012

million+ response to Budget 2012

Responding to today’s Budget, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+, said: “By working together, universities and businesses have a key role in promoting growth.

Press release

15 Mar 2012

million+ response to immigration rules changes

Responding to a Statement from the Minister for Immigration Damian Green MP, Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of million+, said: “The Home Office is using international student numbers to try to demonstrate to voters that they have reduced net migration into the UK.

Press release

28 Feb 2012

million+ comment on Wilson Review of Business-University collaboration

Commenting on the publication of the Wilson Review of University-Business collaboration, commissioned as part of the Government’s HE White Paper, Pam Tatlow, said: “Links with business and employers in both the private and the public sectors have been integral to the agenda of modern universities for many years.

In the news

10 Feb 2012

The Times: Revolution in teaching that can benefit the whole of society

Pam Tatlow writes in today’s (10 February) Times about the new million+ report ‘Teaching that Matters’ and a teaching revolution that is taking place in our universities.

In the news

10 Feb 2012

Huff Post: Innovation Starts With Teaching That Matters

Pam Tatlow writes in today’s (10 February) Huffington Post about the new million+ report ‘Teaching that Matters’ and the transformation of teaching in modern universities.

Press release

24 Jan 2012

million+ comment on reports HE Bill to be delayed

The university think-tank million+ has responded to a report in the Daily Telegraph, that the Government is considering delaying the Higher Education Bill, which had been expected in the forthcoming parliamentary session.

No results found

  • 5 per page
  • 10 per page
  • view all