26 March 2015
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
25 March 2015
The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of a government consultation on a postgraduate loan scheme for masters and doctorate students in England. The idea of a loan scheme was first proposed in the 2014 Autumn Statement by George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who used his March Budget to propose the extension of the scheme to research students.
18 March 2015
The university think-tank million+ has responded to the budget statement today (18 March) from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP.
11 March 2015
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.
10 March 2015
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.
2 March 2015
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.
27 February 2015
Professor Michael Gunn, Chair of the university think-tank million+ and Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University has welcomed the announcement by the Labour Party that it would reduce fees from £9000 to £6000 and fully fund universities for the lifetime of the next Parliament.
25 February 2015
million+ has launched a 'manifesto for universities' to highlight the reasons why investment in universities, science and research should be a high priority for the next government. The manifesto argues that the Westminster Parliament and the devolved governments of the UK should promote participation in higher education, expand the research budget and provide more direct investment in higher education to promote a world-class rather than a two tier university system.
24 February 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.
12 February 2015
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.
30 January 2015
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.
30 January 2015
The university think-tank million+ has commented on UCAS statistics published today (January 30) on applications from full-time students seeking to commence courses at university later in the year. million+ welcomed the increase in the number of young people applying to university but has pointed out that the data confirms that there are wide variations rates in progression to higher education according to age, background and parliamentary constituency.
19 January 2015
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.
16 January 2015
The university think-tank million+ has responded to the publication of the results of a UCAS survey of schools today (January 16) and proposed that the next government should consider restoring AS levels. The survey seeks to assess the response of schools to the ‘plethora’ of reforms to A-levels promoted by the government and concludes that the majority of schools intend to continue to teach AS levels at least until 2017.
15 January 2015
The university think-tank million+ has called on Ministers in all governments to consider new strategies and funding regimes to support part-time study in universities following the publication of official statistics by the Higher Education and Statistics Agency (HESA) which confirm a significant decline in part-time participation.
Key asks and principles that all parties and governments should take into account to safeguard the future of HE