11 September 2014

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

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.

28 August 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.

13 August 2014

million+ comments ahead of A-Level Results day

13 August 2014

million+ comments on Independent Commission on Fees report and The Sutton Trust poll

7 August 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.

29 July 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.

29 July 2014

million+ comment on reports that Ministers are planning a Student loans overhaul

million+ concerned following reports that Ministers proposed plans to overhaul England's student loan system could lead to a two tier university system and is a recipe for inequality.

24 July 2014

million+ comments on OFFA Access Agreements for 2015-16

The university think-tank, million+, has welcomed the report from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) published today (24 July), showing that universities and colleges are continuing to increase their investment in work to raise aspirations and attainment for entrants to universities in England in the academic year 2015-16.

17 July 2014

million+ comments on HEFCE/OFFA report: Outcomes of access agreement, WP strategic statement and NSP monitoring 2012-13

In response to a jointly published report from HEFCE and OFFA, the university think-tank million+ has called on the government to continue to fund the Student Opportunity Allocation, the importance of which is confirmed in the report, and said that the new Ministerial team at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) should withdraw plans to transfer the funding of HNC and HND qualifications to further education.

15 July 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.

8 July 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.

1 July 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

12 June 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.

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