20 October 2014

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

20 October 2014

million+ comments on social mobility reports

The university think tank million+ has welcomed the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission (SMCPC) State of the Nation report and another from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) ‘Who accounts for social mobility?’ published on 20 October. The publications analyse the Government’s social mobility strategy to date and pose key challenges for all the political parties in the run-up to the general election.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive, million+ said: "Progress on social mobility requires government to do much more to challenge the ‘who you know’ culture which continues to dominate access to some jobs and careers in Britain. These reports challenge all political parties to change their tune and address the root causes of inequality.

“There is no excuse for politicians who continue to be silent on the value of those universities which accredit workplace learning, have strong partnerships with the professions and each year provide opportunities for thousands of students who are the first in their family to study for a degree."

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Notes to Editors
1. For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Rochelle Owusu- Antwi, Press and Communications Officer, million+ on 020 7717 1658 / 07527 336 795 or email press@millionplus.ac.uk.
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at www.millionplus.ac.uk.
3. The full SMCPC ‘State of the Nation’ report can be found here.
4. The full ACCA report ‘Who accounts for social mobility?’ can be found here.

14 October 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.

7 October 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).

6 October 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.

6 October 2014

million+ comments on Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s ‘Cracking the Code’ report

million+ comments on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report focused on the social mobility gap that still exists in schools and what education providers can do to improve it.

1 October 2014

million+ comments on HEFCE data on link between universities and economic growth

The university think-tank, million+ have commented on HEFCE data which explores 'cold spots' in higher education. million+ also highlight recommendations they made in a research report that support HEFCE's findings.

30 September 2014

University think tank calls on the Conservatives to answer questions about higher education funding

In a speech delivered at a million+ and NUS co-hosted fringe at Conservatives Party Conference 2014, Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and chair of the university think-tank million+ poses some clear questions on higher education for the party if re-elected. In his speech Professor Gunn stresses the need for the Conservatives to convince universities and students in marginal seats and calls for the party to value all universities and their students and that they will support the UK’s world university system rather than a two-tier model.

26 September 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.

23 September 2014

million+ comments on the UCAS report on assessing acceptances

million+ responds to UCAS' publication 'Interim assessment of UCAS acceptances by intended entry year, country of institution and qualifications held'. million+ notes that universities now recognise the value of vocational qualifications.

22 September 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.

18 September 2014

million+ comments on HEPI’s ‘Guide to Student Number Controls’

million+ comments on the HEPI publication ‘Guide to Student Number Controls’, noting that there is still uncertainty around deregulation in 2015 and an unbalanced HE market.

11 September 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.

9 September 2014

million+ responds to HEFCE reports on postgraduate education with a call to fund 50,000 more places

million+ responds to HEFCE reports on postgraduate education in the UK with a call to fund 50,000 more places

28 August 2014

million+ welcomes comments on Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission report

million+ comments on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission analysed in detail the backgrounds of more than 4,000 people running Britain. The findings show a nation where the small elites educated at independent schools and Oxbridge are dramatically overrepresented across public life.

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