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. 

27 March 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.

19 March 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.

14 March 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.

10 February 2014

million+ comment on Annual Grant letter to HEFCE

Following the publication by the Department for Businesses, Innovation and Skills (BIS) of the Annual Grant letter, to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of the university think-tank million+ has described the retention of the Student Opportunity Allocation as a ‘victory for common sense’. The Government’s request to HEFCE to merge the Student Opportunity Allocation with the Access to Learning Fund will, however, result in less funding overall to support disadvantaged students.

31 January 2014

million+ responds to UCAS data on full-time undergraduate applications

The university think-tank million+ has welcomed a 4% increase in the number of applicants to higher education courses starting in 2014, however, it has warned that the upward trend should not be used by Ministers as an excuse to cut Student Opportunity funding.

23 January 2014

million+ comments on UCAS acceptance figures for 2013

UCAS has today published final acceptance data for full-time students applying to university in 2013. million+ has welcomed the recovery in acceptances from younger students but has highlighted concerns about the continued downturn in applications from students over the age of 25, as well as a downturn in acceptances of students from China and India.

21 January 2014

Chair of university think-tank urges Deputy Prime Minister to secure future of Student Opportunity funding

Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and Chair of the university think-tank million+, has issued an open letter to the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg MP, urging him to intervene in a Coalition disagreement about the future of the Student Opportunity Allocation.

14 January 2014

million+ warns of damaging cuts to Student Opportunity funding

million+ has warned that cuts to the Student Opportunity Allocation would be a real defeat for the Government’s social mobility agenda.

3 January 2014

million+ responds to UCAS figures with call for government campaign

As UCAS reveals interim application figures, million+ calls for a campaign to promote the value of higher education.

19 December 2013

million+ responds to UCAS 2013 End of Cycle Report

million+ welcomes a rise in young people studying at university but warns that mature student numbers need addressing

5 December 2013

million+ welcomes Chancellor’s commitment to expansion of higher education

Following the announcement in the Autumn Statement that an additional 30,000 student places will be funded in universities in 2014-15, the university think-tank million+ has welcomed the commitment by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, to the expansion of higher education. The Chancellor also announced that the cap on student numbers would be lifted for all universities and private providers in England in 2015.

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