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.

29 May 2014

million+ comments on latest UCAS applicant figures

million+ comments on the UCAS applicant figures (interim) published today for students applying to university in the 2014 cycle.

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'.

1 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.

29 April 2014

million+ comments on the economic downturn’s impact on part-time study

million+ welcomes the report from Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) which was published today (29 April) and says all parties need to be clear on their plans for higher education to address the severe decline of part-time study in the UK.

10 April 2014

million+ responds to HEFCE report that reveals dramatic changes in higher education

University think-tank million+ have expressed concerns about the findings of a report published today by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) ‘Higher education in England 2014’. The report analyses key developments in the sector over the past year and reveals dramatic changes in English higher education affecting students, courses and universities.

4 April 2014

million+ welcomes national strategy for access and student success in Higher Education in England

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the national strategy which focuses on access and student success in higher education in England which has been published by the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). The think-tank has previously emphasised the importance of ensuring that students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to study for a degree and has called for Ministers to launch a high profile campaign to promote part-time study and opportunities for older people who do not go to university straight from school.

3 April 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.

2 April 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. 

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