27 November 2014
million+ comments on government statistics that display a decline in the number of adult learners in further education. The university think-tank call for a change to policy of replacing direct funding with loans to ensure access to study.
18 November 2014
The university think-tank million+ has welcomed the publication of a report by the Higher Education Commission titled ‘Too good to fail: the sustainability of higher education in England’. The report sets out six options for funding universities in the future and makes recommendations about research funding.
14 November 2014
University leader calls for change to government procurement policies and protection of student opportunity funds
In a keynote speech at a Westminster Briefing Conference to review the recommendations of the ‘State of the Nation’ report published by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission in October 2014, Professor Michael Gunn, Vice-Chancellor of Staffordshire University and chair of the university think-tank million+ has called for government and employers to adopt new measures to improve social mobility.
4 November 2014
million+ welcomes the Institute of Fiscal Studies research on socio-economic differences in higher education
million+ has welcomed the Institute of Fiscal Studies research which analyses the socio-economic differences in university outcomes in the UK, with a focus on drop-out rates, degree completion and degree classification.
30 October 2014
The university think-tank million+ has commended an IPPR report on postgraduate loans and broadening access to postgraduate study however million+ stress a loans scheme mustn't be introduced at the expense of cuts from elsewhere.
23 October 2014
The university think-tank million+ have condemned recommendations from the Institute of Economic Affairs to remove state funding from student loans which would lead to privatising universities and a significant disadvantage to students.
22 October 2014
The university think-tank million+ has commented on the report by RSA’s City Growth Commission which explores how cities can create stronger, more inclusive and sustainable growth in the UK.
20 October 2014
million+ welcome the Confederation of British Industry's call for Government to invest more in research and development (R&D) while pointing out Britain's industrial strategy would be stronger if a new stream of funding for translational research was introduced.
20 October 2014
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.
14 October 2014
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
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
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 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
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.
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