10 February 2014
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
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
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+ has warned that cuts to the Student Opportunity Allocation would be a real defeat for the Government’s social mobility agenda.
3 January 2014
As UCAS reveals interim application figures, million+ calls for a campaign to promote the value of higher education.
19 December 2013
million+ welcomes a rise in young people studying at university but warns that mature student numbers need addressing
5 December 2013
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.
28 November 2013
Cuts to Student Opportunity funding would damage social mobility and hurt the Treasury, concludes new report
A new study into Student Opportunity funding, worth £332 million in 2013-14, has warned that cuts to this successful driver of social mobility would hurt students with disabilities, mature students and young people from financially disadvantaged backgrounds across the country. The report is issued against a backdrop of budget problems at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills following the failure to control course places at unregulated private providers.
25 November 2013
Following the announcement that Erudio Student Loans has agreed to pay government £160 million for a part of the Student Loans book, million+ have drawn attention to how the money raised should be spent, emphasising the importance of re-investment in higher education.
1 November 2013
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16 October 2013
million+ has welcomed the publication of a report on part-time and mature undergraduate students by Universities UK. The report confirms the drop in part-time and mature students studying for a degree and calls for the benefits of studying part-time to be promoted. In June 2013, million+ called for the return of the part-time premium to help universities to support the part-time market and a high profile campaign, led by Government, focusing on mature students.